Re: [Qemu-devel] [Patch V2 1/2] x86, mce: Basic support to add LMCE support to QEMU

From: Borislav Petkov
Date: Mon Dec 14 2015 - 11:37:49 EST

On Mon, Dec 14, 2015 at 02:23:56PM -0200, Eduardo Habkost wrote:
> > -#define MCE_CAP_DEF (MCG_CTL_P|MCG_SER_P)
> This makes mcg_cap change when upgrading QEMU.
> VMs with MCG_LMCE_P enabled shouldn't be migratable to hosts
> running older kernels, or the guest may try to read or write
> MSR_IA32_MCG_EXT_CTL after miration and get a #GP. That means:
> 1) Older machine-types (pc-2.5 and older) should keep the
> old (MCG_CTL_P|MCG_SER_P) default.
> 2) We can't make pc-2.6 enable LMCE by default, either, because
> QEMU guarantees that just changing the machine-type shouldn't
> introduce new host requirements (see:
> It looks like we need a new -cpu option to enable the feature,
> then. At least until we raise the minimum kernel version
> requirements of QEMU.

... and obviously LMCE is vendor-specific so it cannot be enabled on
!Intel guests with a define like that. mce_init() in qemu should check
vendor too.

The same mistake was done with SER_P but that's much harder to change,
as we discussed previously.


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