Re: [PATCH] KVM: x86: fix missed memory synchronization when patchhypercall

From: Xiao Guangrong
Date: Sun Jun 09 2013 - 04:56:55 EST

On 06/09/2013 04:45 PM, Gleb Natapov wrote:
> On Sat, Jun 08, 2013 at 11:15:37AM +0800, Xiao Guangrong wrote:
>> From: Xiao Guangrong <xiaoguangrong@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Currently, memory synchronization is missed in emulator_fix_hypercall,
>> please see the commit 758ccc89b83
>> (KVM: x86: drop calling kvm_mmu_zap_all in emulator_fix_hypercall)
>> This patch fixes it by introducing kvm_vcpus_hang_on_page_start() and
>> kvm_vcpus_hang_on_page_end which unmap the patched page from guest
>> and use kvm_flush_remote_tlbs() as the serializing instruction to
>> ensure the memory coherence
>> [ The SDM said that INVEPT, INVVPID and MOV (to control register, with
>> the exception of MOV CR8) are the serializing instructions. ]
>> The mmu-lock is held during host patches the page so that it stops vcpus
>> to fix its further page fault
> I have a patch to implement is much simple and in generic way, not
> relying on MMU internals.

I have considered this way but it seems not simple - it needs a new type of
request and it forces all vcpus to hang when host is patching the page.

My approach is just reusing the mmu code and requires vcpus to hang only when
the patched page is bing accessed.

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