Re: [patch 4/8] x86/tsc: Verify TSC_ADJUST from idle
From: Peter Zijlstra
Date: Sun Nov 20 2016 - 08:10:11 EST
On Sat, Nov 19, 2016 at 01:47:37PM -0000, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> When entering idle, it's a good oportunity to verify that the TSC_ADJUST
> MSR has not been tampered with (BIOS hiding SMM cycles). If tampering is
> detected, emit a warning and restore it to the previous value.
> +++ b/arch/x86/kernel/process.c
> @@ -277,6 +277,7 @@ void exit_idle(void)
> void arch_cpu_idle_enter(void)
> + tsc_verify_tsc_adjust();
Doing a RDMSR on the idle path isn't going to be popular. That path is
already way too slow.