Re: [Xen-devel] [V1 PATCH 1/2] PVH: set EFER.NX and EFER.SCE for boot vcpu

From: David Vrabel
Date: Thu Aug 28 2014 - 10:18:33 EST

On 27/08/14 23:33, Mukesh Rathor wrote:
> This patch addresses three things for a pvh boot vcpu:
> - NX bug on intel: It was recenlty discovered that NX is not being
> honored in PVH on intel since EFER.NX is not being set. The pte.NX
> bits are ignored if EFER.NX is not set on intel.

I am unconvinced by this explanation. The Intel SDM clearly states that
the XD bit in the page table entries is reserved if EFER.NXE is clear,
and thus using a entry with XD set and EFER.NXE clear should generate a
page fault (same as AMD).

You either need to find out why Intel really worked (perhaps Xen is
setting EFER.NXE on Intel?) or you need to included an errata (or
similar) reference.

> - PVH boot hang on newer xen: Following c/s on xen
> c/s 7645640: x86/PVH: don't set EFER_SCE for pvh guest

As I already explained in another email, the Xen change caused a
regression and must be reverted.

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