Re: GET_RNG_SEED hypercall ABI? (Re: [PATCH v5 0/5] random,x86,kvm: Rework arch RNG seeds and get some from kvm)

From: Gleb Natapov
Date: Thu Aug 28 2014 - 10:17:18 EST

On Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 04:58:34PM -0700, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> hpa pointed out that the ABI that I chose (an MSR from the KVM range
> and a KVM cpuid bit) is unnecessarily KVM-specific. It would be nice
> to allocate an MSR that everyone involved can agree on and, rather
> than relying on a cpuid bit, just have the guest probe for the MSR.
CPUID part allows feature to be disabled for machine compatibility purpose
during migration. Of course interface can explicitly state that one successful
use of the MSR does not mean that next use will not result in a #GP, but that
doesn't sound very elegant and is different from any other MSR out there.

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