Re: [PATCH 2/4] xen/lowlevel: Implement pvop call for load_idt(sidt).

From: Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk
Date: Thu Oct 18 2012 - 10:45:55 EST

On Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 04:51:17PM -0700, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> On 10/17/2012 06:49 AM, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk wrote:
> >In the past it used to point to 'sidt' (native_store_idt) operation
> >which is a non-privileged operation. This resulted in the
> >'struct desc_ptr' value containing the address of Xen's IDT table,
> >instead of the IDT table that Linux thinks its using. The end result
> >is that doing:
> >
> > store_idt(&desc);
> > load_idt(&desc);
> >
> >would blow up b/c xen_load_idt would try to parse the IDT contents
> >(desc) and de-reference a virtual address that is outside Linux's
> >__va (it is in Xen's virtual address).
> >
> >With this patch we are providing the last written IDT address.
> >
> OK... this seems like another excellent set of pvops calls that
> should be nukable to Kingdom Come. There is no reason, ever, to
> read the IDT and GDT from the kernel... the kernel already knows
> what they should be!

Even during suspend and resume cycle? There are the sequence of
sidt/lidt calls being done there. And we do need to filter at
least the sidt call - and in the case of ACPI suspend path,
the lidt.
> -hpa
> --
> H. Peter Anvin, Intel Open Source Technology Center
> I work for Intel. I don't speak on their behalf.
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