Re: [PATCH v2 0/4] Enable SMEP CPU Feature

From: Avi Kivity
Date: Tue May 17 2011 - 05:16:49 EST

On 05/17/2011 10:05 AM, Ingo Molnar wrote:
* H. Peter Anvin<hpa@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On 05/16/2011 02:34 PM, Fenghua Yu wrote:
> >
> > Note: This patch set doesn't enable the SMEP feature in KVM. If it's needed,
> > another patch will be pushed for enabling the feature in KVM.
> >
> Hi Avi,
> Could you comment on if this needs to be a gating factor?

It should certainly not be a gating factor. Note that smep will be disabled when switching to the guest, so there are no compatibility issues.

I think KVM would benefit from the native kernel playing guinea pig whether
SMEP is really, truly 100% trouble-free to enable by default (for Linux) ;-)

Some programmable configurability seems necessary on the KVM side, as KVM has
no control over how sane the guest kernel is.

We should simply expose the cpuid bit and cr4.smep. If the guest kernel feels it is up to it, it can enable smep itself.

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