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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH 1/2] Revert "x86/hvm: disable pkeys for guests in non-paging mode"

>>> On 31.05.17 at 09:44, <andrew.cooper3@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 31/05/2017 08:09, Han, Huaitong wrote:
>> On Fri, 2017-05-26 at 18:03 +0100, Andrew Cooper wrote:
>>> This reverts commit c41e0266dd59ab50b7a153157e9bd2a3ad114b53.
>>> When determining Access Rights, Protection Keys only take effect when 
>>> it set, and 4-level paging is active.  All other circumstances (notibly, 
> 32bit
>>> PAE paging) skip the Protection Key control mechanism.
>>> Therefore, we do not need to clear CR4.PKE behind the back of a guest which 
> is
>>> not using paging, as such a guest is necesserily running with EFER.LME
>>> disabled.
>> Yes, if EFER.LME = 0, Protection Keys would take no effect too, so it
>> isn't necessary to clear CR4.PKE in non-paging mode.
>>> The {RD,WR}PKRU instructions are specified as being legal for use in any
>>> operating mode, but only if CR4.PKE is set.  By clearing CR4.PKE behind the
>>> back of an unpaged guest, these instructions yield #UD despite the guest
>>> seeing PKE set if it reads CR4, and OSPKE being visible in CPUID.
>> If CR4.PKE is cleared, OSPKE would be invisible at the same time. When
>> guest does set CR4_PKE in non-paging mode, then CR4_PKE would be cleared
>> in vmcs loading, so, OSPKE should be always invisible, and #UD should
>> not be yielded too.
> Remember that for HVM guests, Xen calculates OSPKE in software; it never
> comes from hardware, as CPUID is an automatic VMEXIT.
> The CPUID code uses the same source of information as a read from cr4,
> so comes to the conclusion that OSPKE should be visible.
> Therefore, when the guest looks at CPUID, it sees OSPKE set even though
> hardware would come to the opposite conclusion.

Shouldn't we correct this (independent of the patch here)?


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