Re: [PATCH] KVM: x86: fix vcpu->mmio_fragments overflow

From: Jan Kiszka
Date: Mon Oct 22 2012 - 07:45:36 EST

On 2012-10-22 13:43, Gleb Natapov wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 01:35:56PM +0200, Jan Kiszka wrote:
>> On 2012-10-22 13:23, Gleb Natapov wrote:
>>> On Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 07:09:38PM +0800, Xiao Guangrong wrote:
>>>> On 10/22/2012 05:16 PM, Gleb Natapov wrote:
>>>>> On Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 03:37:32PM +0800, Xiao Guangrong wrote:
>>>>>> After commit b3356bf0dbb349 (KVM: emulator: optimize "rep ins" handling),
>>>>>> the pieces of io data can be collected and write them to the guest memory
>>>>>> or MMIO together.
>>>>>> Unfortunately, kvm splits the mmio access into 8 bytes and store them to
>>>>>> vcpu->mmio_fragments. If the guest uses "rep ins" to move large data, it
>>>>>> will cause vcpu->mmio_fragments overflow
>>>>>> The bug can be exposed by isapc (-M isapc):
>>>>>> [23154.818733] general protection fault: 0000 [#1] SMP DEBUG_PAGEALLOC
>>>>>> [ ......]
>>>>>> [23154.858083] Call Trace:
>>>>>> [23154.859874] [<ffffffffa04f0e17>] kvm_get_cr8+0x1d/0x28 [kvm]
>>>>>> [23154.861677] [<ffffffffa04fa6d4>] kvm_arch_vcpu_ioctl_run+0xcda/0xe45 [kvm]
>>>>>> [23154.863604] [<ffffffffa04f5a1a>] ? kvm_arch_vcpu_load+0x17b/0x180 [kvm]
>>>>>> Actually, we can use one mmio_fragment to store a large mmio access for the
>>>>>> mmio access is always continuous then split it when we pass the mmio-exit-info
>>>>>> to userspace. After that, we only need two entries to store mmio info for
>>>>>> the cross-mmio pages access
>>>>> I wonder can we put the data into coalesced mmio buffer instead of
>>>> If we put all mmio data into coalesced buffer, we should:
>>>> - ensure the userspace program uses KVM_REGISTER_COALESCED_MMIO to register
>>>> all mmio regions.
>>> It appears to not be so.
>>> Userspace calls kvm_flush_coalesced_mmio_buffer() after returning from
>>> KVM_RUN which looks like this:
>> Nope, no longer, only on accesses to devices that actually use such
>> regions (and there are only two ATM). The current design of a global
>> coalesced mmio ring is horrible /wrt latency.
> Indeed. git pull, recheck and call for kvm_flush_coalesced_mmio_buffer()
> is gone. So this will break new userspace, not old. By global you mean
> shared between devices (or memory regions)?

Yes. We only have a single ring per VM, so we cannot flush multi-second
VGA access separately from other devices. In theory solvable by
introducing per-region rings that can be driven separately.


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