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Date:   Thu, 16 May 2019 00:10:21 -0700
From:   tip-bot for Andy Lutomirski <>
Subject: [tip:x86/urgent] x86/speculation/mds: Revert CPU buffer clear on
 double fault exit

Commit-ID:  88640e1dcd089879530a49a8d212d1814678dfe7
Author:     Andy Lutomirski <>
AuthorDate: Tue, 14 May 2019 13:24:39 -0700
Committer:  Ingo Molnar <>
CommitDate: Thu, 16 May 2019 09:05:11 +0200

x86/speculation/mds: Revert CPU buffer clear on double fault exit

The double fault ESPFIX path doesn't return to user mode at all --
it returns back to the kernel by simulating a #GP fault.
prepare_exit_to_usermode() will run on the way out of
general_protection before running user code.

Signed-off-by: Andy Lutomirski <>
Cc: Borislav Petkov <>
Cc: Frederic Weisbecker <>
Cc: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
Cc: Jon Masters <>
Cc: Linus Torvalds <>
Cc: Peter Zijlstra <>
Cc: Thomas Gleixner <>
Fixes: 04dcbdb80578 ("x86/speculation/mds: Clear CPU buffers on exit to user")
Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar <>
 Documentation/x86/mds.rst | 7 -------
 arch/x86/kernel/traps.c   | 8 --------
 2 files changed, 15 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/x86/mds.rst b/Documentation/x86/mds.rst
index 534e9baa4e1d..0dc812bb9249 100644
--- a/Documentation/x86/mds.rst
+++ b/Documentation/x86/mds.rst
@@ -158,13 +158,6 @@ Mitigation points
      mitigated on the return from do_nmi() to provide almost complete
-   - Double fault (#DF):
-     A double fault is usually fatal, but the ESPFIX workaround, which can
-     be triggered from user space through modify_ldt(2) is a recoverable
-     double fault. #DF uses the paranoid exit path, so explicit mitigation
-     in the double fault handler is required.
    - Machine Check Exception (#MC):
      Another corner case is a #MC which hits between the CPU buffer clear
diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/traps.c b/arch/x86/kernel/traps.c
index 7de466eb960b..8b6d03e55d2f 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/traps.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/traps.c
@@ -58,7 +58,6 @@
 #include <asm/alternative.h>
 #include <asm/fpu/xstate.h>
 #include <asm/trace/mpx.h>
-#include <asm/nospec-branch.h>
 #include <asm/mpx.h>
 #include <asm/vm86.h>
 #include <asm/umip.h>
@@ -368,13 +367,6 @@ dotraplinkage void do_double_fault(struct pt_regs *regs, long error_code)
 		regs->ip = (unsigned long)general_protection;
 		regs->sp = (unsigned long)&gpregs->orig_ax;
-		/*
-		 * This situation can be triggered by userspace via
-		 * modify_ldt(2) and the return does not take the regular
-		 * user space exit, so a CPU buffer clear is required when
-		 * MDS mitigation is enabled.
-		 */
-		mds_user_clear_cpu_buffers();

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