Re: [PATCH v10 6/6] x86/split_lock: Enable split lock detection by kernel parameter
From: Ingo Molnar
Date: Thu Nov 21 2019 - 12:12:20 EST
* Peter Zijlstra <peterz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 07:04:44AM +0100, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> > * Fenghua Yu <fenghua.yu@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > + split_lock_detect
> > > + [X86] Enable split lock detection
> > > + This is a real time or debugging feature. When enabled
> > > + (and if hardware support is present), atomic
> > > + instructions that access data across cache line
> > > + boundaries will result in an alignment check exception.
> > > + When triggered in applications the kernel will send
> > > + SIGBUS. The kernel will panic for a split lock in
> > > + OS code.
> > It would be really nice to be able to enable/disable this runtime as
> > well, has this been raised before, and what was the conclusion?
> It has, previous versions had that. Somehow a lot of things went missing
> and we're back to a broken neutered useless mess.
> The problem appears to be that due to hardware design the feature cannot
> be virtualized, and instead of then disabling it when a VM runs/exists
> they just threw in the towel and went back to useless mode.. :-(
> This feature MUST be default enabled, otherwise everything will
> be/remain broken and we'll end up in the situation where you can't use
> it even if you wanted to.
> And I can't be arsed to look it up, but we've been making this very
> same argument since very early (possible the very first) version.
Yeah, I now have a distinct deja vu...