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Re: [Xen-devel] Readonly GDT

Right... the TSS does get written to during a task switch.

Jan Beulich <JBeulich@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

>>>> On 10.04.13 at 02:43, "H. Peter Anvin" <hpa@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> OK, thinking about the GDT here.
>> The GDT is quite small -- 256 bytes on i386, 128 bytes on x86-64.  As
>> such, we probably don't want to allocate a full page to it for only
>> that.  This means that in order to create a readonly mapping we have
>> pack GDTs from different CPUs together in the same pages, *or* we
>> tolerate that other things on the same page gets reflected in the
>> mapping.
>I think a read-only GDT is incompatible with exceptions delivered
>through task gates (i.e. double fault on 32-bit), so I would assume
>this needs to remain a 64-bit only thing.
>> However, the packing solution has the advantage of reducing address
>> space consumption which matters on 32 bits: even on i386 we can
>> burn a megabyte of address space for 4096 processors, but burning 16
>> megabytes starts to hurt.
>Packing would have the additional benefit of Xen not needing to
>become a special case in yet another area (because pages
>containing live descriptor table entries need to be read-only for
>PV guests, and need to consist of only descriptor table entries).

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