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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH v2] interrupts: allow guest to set and clear MSI-X mask bit

>>> On 23.07.13 at 19:59, Joby Poriyath <joby.poriyath@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 09:28:42AM -0400, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk wrote:
>> On Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 11:54:41AM +0100, Joby Poriyath wrote:
>> > Ping...
>> > 
>> > Could you kindly review this?
>> I believe Malcom reviewed and sent you an email with his response.
> Andrew and Malcolm has reviewed the code.
>> Are you waiting for Andrew to look at it as well? Or Jan? Jan is
>> out on vacation for a couple of weeks.
> I was hoping that Jan would also review this, since this patch 
> partly reverts his code. 
> This patch makes an assumption that, for a passed through device, 
> xen needs to mask the MSI-X control bit only when it does vcpu 
> migration. Otherwise xen leaves it in the state guest has set it.

Exactly. And hence the patch is wrong, re-introducing a security
issue. If you need to give the guest control over the _virtual_
mask bit, you need to add proper emulation / masking of the
delivery of the virtual interrupt (i.e. the physical mask bit should
always be under the control of Xen, but interrupts should not be
delivered to the guest when the virtual mask bit is set).

In any event - if the solution was as simple as what you propose,
I would have implemented it right away rather than leaving the
code known broken (which in fact was partly based on the
observation that KVM/QEMU - at least at that time - got away
without properly emulating the guest attempts to control this bit
as well).


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