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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH] xen/x86: Adjust stack pointer in xen_sysexit

On Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 11:29 AM, Andrew Cooper
<andrew.cooper3@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 17/11/15 19:16, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
>> On Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 11:12 AM, Andrew Cooper
>> <andrew.cooper3@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> On 17/11/15 18:49, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
>>>> On Nov 17, 2015 6:40 AM, "Boris Ostrovsky" <boris.ostrovsky@xxxxxxxxxx> 
>>>> wrote:
>>>>> On 11/16/2015 04:55 PM, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
>>>>>> On 11/16/15 12:22, Borislav Petkov wrote:
>>>>>>> Huh, so what's wrong with a jump:
>>>>>>>         jmp 1f
>>>>>>>         swapgs
>>>>>>>         1:
>>>>>> What is the point of that jump?
>>>>>>>> If it would make you feel better, it could be X86_BUG_XENPV :-p
>>>>>>> That doesn't matter - I just don't want to open the flood gates on
>>>>>>> pseudo feature bits.
>>>>>>> hpa, what do you think?
>>>>>> Pseudo feature bits are fine, we already have plenty of them.  They make
>>>>>> sense as they let us reuse a lot of infrastructure.
>>>>> So how about something like this? And then I think we can remove 
>>>>> usergs_sysret32 and irq_enable_sysexit pv ops completely as noone will 
>>>>> use them (lguest doesn't set them)
>>>> Looks good to me.  Does Xen have any sysexit/sysret32 equivalent to
>>>> return to 32-bit user mode?  If so, it could be worth trying to wire
>>>> it up by patching the jz instead of the test instruction.
>>> From the guests point of view, there is only hypercall_iret.
>> Doesn't hypercall_iret have flags that ask for different behavior,
>> though?  (VG_syscall or whatever for the 64-bit case?)
> The one and only flag is VGCF_in_syscall
> Xen has its own logic for choosing between sysretq/sysretl if
> VGCF_in_syscall, but will end up on an iret path in all other
> circumstances.

In that case, a nicer version of this patch could preserve the new
sysret-or-iret decision (on 64-bit kernels in the compat path) and use
it to set VGCF_in_syscall.  This might work considerably better now
than it ever would have, since Linux now tries to use sysret32 on
*all* 64-bit CPUs, and the way it's structured for compat is just a
flag (the testl %eax,%eax thing) that indicates that sysret32 is okay.

Anyway, that can be a followup patch.


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