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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH v2 1/2] VMX: fix VMCS race on context-switch paths

On 16/02/17 11:15, Jan Beulich wrote:
> When __context_switch() is being bypassed during original context
> switch handling, the vCPU "owning" the VMCS partially loses control of
> it: It will appear non-running to remote CPUs, and hence their attempt
> to pause the owning vCPU will have no effect on it (as it already
> looks to be paused). At the same time the "owning" CPU will re-enable
> interrupts eventually (the lastest when entering the idle loop) and
> hence becomes subject to IPIs from other CPUs requesting access to the
> VMCS. As a result, when __context_switch() finally gets run, the CPU
> may no longer have the VMCS loaded, and hence any accesses to it would
> fail. Hence we may need to re-load the VMCS in vmx_ctxt_switch_from().
> Similarly, when __context_switch() is being bypassed also on the second
> (switch-in) path, VMCS ownership may have been lost and hence needs
> re-establishing. Since there's no existing hook to put this in, add a
> new one.
> Reported-by: Kevin Mayer <Kevin.Mayer@xxxxxxxx>
> Reported-by: Anshul Makkar <anshul.makkar@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Signed-off-by: Jan Beulich <jbeulich@xxxxxxxx>

Reviewed-by: Andrew Cooper <andrew.cooper3@xxxxxxxxxx>

Although I would certainly prefer if we can get another round of testing
on this series for confidence.


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