Re: [PATCH v2] x86/mce: Include the PPIN in machine check records when it is available

From: Borislav Petkov
Date: Wed Nov 23 2016 - 11:55:34 EST

On Wed, Nov 23, 2016 at 08:42:40AM -0800, Tony Luck wrote:
> If the BIOS writes 10b, then PPIN is disabled and will remain so until
> the processor is reset. Bit 1 is a one way trip, it can be set by s/w,
> but not cleared again.

10b means bit 1, i.e., Enable_PPIN is set, right? Which actually
*enables* PPIN. Or am I confused again?

Otherwise, this explains the "Once set" wording - if Enable_PPIN is 1,
there's no changing until next reboot.

> All this is because of the huge stink last time Intel tried to add
> a serial number to CPUs a decade and a half ago.

It certainly rang a bell when you sent v1. :-)

> The lockout bit is so that this can be turned off in a way that you
> can be sure that it can't be turned on again.

... in order to protect ourselves from root doing wrmsr? Or why are we
doing this?


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