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Date:   Wed, 13 May 2020 18:35:40 -0700
From:   Andy Lutomirski <luto@...capital.net>
To:     Mathieu Desnoyers <mathieu.desnoyers@...icios.com>
Cc:     rostedt <rostedt@...dmis.org>,
        Thomas Gleixner <tglx@...utronix.de>,
        Andy Lutomirski <luto@...nel.org>,
        linux-kernel <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        x86 <x86@...nel.org>, paulmck <paulmck@...nel.org>,
        Alexandre Chartre <alexandre.chartre@...cle.com>,
        Frederic Weisbecker <frederic@...nel.org>,
        Paolo Bonzini <pbonzini@...hat.com>,
        Sean Christopherson <sean.j.christopherson@...el.com>,
        Masami Hiramatsu <mhiramat@...nel.org>,
        Petr Mladek <pmladek@...e.com>,
        "Joel Fernandes, Google" <joel@...lfernandes.org>,
        Boris Ostrovsky <boris.ostrovsky@...cle.com>,
        Juergen Gross <JGross@...e.com>,
        Brian Gerst <brgerst@...il.com>,
        Josh Poimboeuf <jpoimboe@...hat.com>,
        Will Deacon <will@...nel.org>
Subject: Re: [patch V4 part 3 01/29] x86/traps: Mark fixup_bad_iret() noinstr



> On May 13, 2020, at 5:41 PM, Mathieu Desnoyers <mathieu.desnoyers@...icios.com> wrote:
> 
> ----- On May 12, 2020, at 9:51 PM, rostedt rostedt@...dmis.org wrote:
> 
>>> On Fri, 8 May 2020 17:39:00 -0700
>>> Andy Lutomirski <luto@...nel.org> wrote:
>>> 
>>> On Tue, May 5, 2020 at 7:15 AM Thomas Gleixner <tglx@...utronix.de> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> This is called from deep entry ASM in a situation where instrumentation
>>>> will cause more harm than providing useful information.
>>>> 
>>> 
>>> Acked-by: Andy Lutomirski <luto@...nel.org>
>>> 
>>> Maybe add to changelog:
>>> 
>>> Switch from memmove() to memcpy() because memmove() can't be called
>>> from noinstr code.
>> 
>> Yes please, because I was about to say that there was changes that
>> didn't seem to fit the change log.
>> 
>> I would also add a comment in the code saying that we need the temp
>> variable to use memcpy as memmove can't be used in noinstr code.
> 
> Looking at an updated version of the tree, I see the acked-by from Andy,
> but not comment about switching from memmove to memcpy.
> 
> Also, I notice a significant undocumented change in this patch: it changes
> a this_cpu_read() (which presumes preemption is enabled) to a __this_cpu_read().
> 
> So the 100$ question: is preemption enabled or not in fixup_bad_iret() ? And of
> course that change should be documented in the commit message.
> 

IRQs are off, and, if they were on, the lack of a warning from the percpu access would be the least of our concerns here.

> Thanks,
> 
> Mathieu
> 
> -- 
> Mathieu Desnoyers
> EfficiOS Inc.
> http://www.efficios.com

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