[patch V181 25/54] x86/mm/pti: Disable global pages if PAGE_TABLE_ISOLATION=y

From: Thomas Gleixner
Date: Wed Dec 20 2017 - 17:07:03 EST

From: Dave Hansen <dave.hansen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Global pages stay in the TLB across context switches. Since all contexts
share the same kernel mapping, these mappings are marked as global pages
so kernel entries in the TLB are not flushed out on a context switch.

But, even having these entries in the TLB opens up something that an
attacker can use, such as the double-page-fault attack:


That means that even when PAGE_TABLE_ISOLATION switches page tables
on return to user space the global pages would stay in the TLB cache.

Disable global pages so that kernel TLB entries can be flushed before
returning to user space. This way, all accesses to kernel addresses from
userspace result in a TLB miss independent of the existence of a kernel

Suppress global pages via the __supported_pte_mask. The user space
mappings set PAGE_GLOBAL for the minimal kernel mappings which are
required for entry/exit. These mappings are set up manually so the
filtering does not take place.

[ The __supported_pte_mask simplification was written by Thomas Gleixner. ]

Signed-off-by: Dave Hansen <dave.hansen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar <mingo@xxxxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Reviewed-by: Borislav Petkov <bp@xxxxxxx>
Cc: Andy Lutomirski <luto@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Boris Ostrovsky <boris.ostrovsky@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Brian Gerst <brgerst@xxxxxxxxx>
Cc: David Laight <David.Laight@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Denys Vlasenko <dvlasenk@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Eduardo Valentin <eduval@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Greg KH <gregkh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: H. Peter Anvin <hpa@xxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Josh Poimboeuf <jpoimboe@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Juergen Gross <jgross@xxxxxxxx>
Cc: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Peter Zijlstra <peterz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Will Deacon <will.deacon@xxxxxxx>
Cc: aliguori@xxxxxxxxxx
Cc: daniel.gruss@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Cc: hughd@xxxxxxxxxx
Cc: keescook@xxxxxxxxxx
Cc: linux-mm@xxxxxxxxx
arch/x86/mm/init.c | 12 +++++++++---
1 file changed, 9 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

--- a/arch/x86/mm/init.c
+++ b/arch/x86/mm/init.c
@@ -161,6 +161,12 @@ struct map_range {

static int page_size_mask;

+static void enable_global_pages(void)
+ if (!static_cpu_has(X86_FEATURE_PTI))
+ __supported_pte_mask |= _PAGE_GLOBAL;
static void __init probe_page_size_mask(void)
@@ -179,11 +185,11 @@ static void __init probe_page_size_mask(

/* Enable PGE if available */
+ __supported_pte_mask &= ~_PAGE_GLOBAL;
if (boot_cpu_has(X86_FEATURE_PGE)) {
- __supported_pte_mask |= _PAGE_GLOBAL;
- } else
- __supported_pte_mask &= ~_PAGE_GLOBAL;
+ enable_global_pages();
+ }

/* Enable 1 GB linear kernel mappings if available: */
if (direct_gbpages && boot_cpu_has(X86_FEATURE_GBPAGES)) {