[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH] common/gnttab: Introduce command line feature controls

>>> On 25.08.17 at 14:10, <andrew.cooper3@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 25/08/17 10:57, Jan Beulich wrote:
>>>>> On 24.08.17 at 17:16, <andrew.cooper3@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> On 24/08/17 16:01, Juergen Gross wrote:
>>>> On 24/08/17 16:50, Andrew Cooper wrote:
>>>>> --- a/docs/misc/xen-command-line.markdown
>>>>> +++ b/docs/misc/xen-command-line.markdown
>>>>> @@ -868,6 +868,19 @@ Controls EPT related features.
>>>>>  Specify which console gdbstub should use. See **console**.
>>>>> +### gnttab
>>>>> +> `= List of [ max_ver:<integer>, transitive ]`
>>>>> +
>>>>> +> Default: `gnttab=max_ver:2,transitive`
>>>>> +
>>>>> +Control various aspects of the grant table behaviour available to guests.
>>>>> +
>>>>> +* `max_ver` Select the maximum grant table version to offer to guests.  
>>>>> Valid
>>>>> +version are 1 and 2.
>>>>> +* `transitive` Permit or disallow the use of transitive grants.  Note 
>>>>> that the
>>>>> +use of grant table v2 without transitive grants is an ABI breakage from 
>>>>> the
>>>>> +guests point of view.
>>>> So shouldn't there be a way for the guest to query the support of
>>>> transient grants?
>>> Ideally yes, but how do you suggest doing this in a compatible way?
>>> All Xen downstreams which haven't backported the eventual transitive
>>> fixes will have this clobber in place, without any query-ability.
>> That workaround should not be used as an argument to not
>> provide a way to query the capability. It was put in place knowing
>> that it would cause problems for (hypothetical) guests using
>> transitive grants.
> I am not objecting to introducing a mechanism if a suitable one can be
> found.
> However, the heritage of XSA-226 is a valid reason to not block this
> patch because a mechanism isn't present.

Code submission deadline for 4.10 isn't very far away; we shouldn't
ship a major version with a partial workaround.

>> I'm not sure Jürgen's ELF note suggestion would be very useful
>> though: I don't see how Xen knowing a guest kernel can deal with
>> the situation would change anything - I don't think we should
>> fail the loading of a kernel without such a note when transitive
>> grants are disabled, not the least because we know of no kernels
>> using them, and hence we'd pointlessly prevent the use of older
>> kernels in such a case.
>> What about a negative XENFEAT_*? New code could query it,
>> and existing code is hosed anyway if run on such a system.
> Better yet, how about combining it with Juergens "xen: add new hypercall
> to get grant table limits"?
> We could have a features_available bitmap along with other gnttab
> related maxima.

That's certainly an option, if the introduction of that sub-op really
continues to be necessary.


Xen-devel mailing list



Lists.xenproject.org is hosted with RackSpace, monitoring our
servers 24x7x365 and backed by RackSpace's Fanatical Support®.