Re: [PATCH] x86/boot: Delay BSP init until after FPU initialization

From: Borislav Petkov
Date: Sun Sep 20 2020 - 04:36:43 EST

On Sun, Sep 20, 2020 at 10:03:10AM +0900, Mike Hommey wrote:
> FPU initialization handles the clearcpuid command line argument. If it
> comes after BSP init, clearcpuid cannot be used to disable features that
> trigger some parts of the BSP init code.
> Signed-off-by: Mike Hommey <mh@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> ---
> arch/x86/kernel/cpu/common.c | 7 ++++---
> 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
> I was trying to use clearcpuid=440 to disable X86_FEATURES_AMD_SSBD to
> reproduce the behavior that happens on Zen/Zen+ on a Zen2 machine, but
> that didn't work because the command line is handled after the setup for
> I tought about either moving the command line handling earlier, but it
> seems there wasn't a specific reason for BSP init being earlier than FPU
> initialization so I went with reordering those instead.

Our boot order is fragile and the functionality in
fpu__init_parse_early_param() which does the clearcpuid= parsing should be
independent from FPU, as your use case shows.

So I'd prefer if you moved that function perhaps to right after the call


in early_identify_cpu() and renamed it to something generic instead.