[PATCH 5.1 27/55] cpu/speculation: Warn on unsupported mitigations= parameter

From: Greg Kroah-Hartman
Date: Tue Jul 02 2019 - 04:16:49 EST

From: Geert Uytterhoeven <geert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

commit 1bf72720281770162c87990697eae1ba2f1d917a upstream.

Currently, if the user specifies an unsupported mitigation strategy on the
kernel command line, it will be ignored silently. The code will fall back
to the default strategy, possibly leaving the system more vulnerable than

This may happen due to e.g. a simple typo, or, for a stable kernel release,
because not all mitigation strategies have been backported.

Inform the user by printing a message.

Fixes: 98af8452945c5565 ("cpu/speculation: Add 'mitigations=' cmdline option")
Signed-off-by: Geert Uytterhoeven <geert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Acked-by: Josh Poimboeuf <jpoimboe@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Peter Zijlstra <peterz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Jiri Kosina <jkosina@xxxxxxx>
Cc: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Ben Hutchings <ben@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: stable@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Link: https://lkml.kernel.org/r/20190516070935.22546-1-geert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

kernel/cpu.c | 3 +++
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)

--- a/kernel/cpu.c
+++ b/kernel/cpu.c
@@ -2315,6 +2315,9 @@ static int __init mitigations_parse_cmdl
cpu_mitigations = CPU_MITIGATIONS_AUTO;
else if (!strcmp(arg, "auto,nosmt"))
+ else
+ pr_crit("Unsupported mitigations=%s, system may still be vulnerable\n",
+ arg);

return 0;