[PATCH v4 22/25] KVM: nVMX: Always set required-1 bits of pinbased_ctls to PIN_BASED_ALWAYSON_WITHOUT_TRUE_MSR

From: Vitaly Kuznetsov
Date: Thu Jul 14 2022 - 05:17:40 EST

Similar to exit_ctls_low, entry_ctls_low, procbased_ctls_low,
pinbased_ctls_low should be set to PIN_BASED_ALWAYSON_WITHOUT_TRUE_MSR
and not host's MSR_IA32_VMX_PINBASED_CTLS value |=

The commit eabeaaccfca0 ("KVM: nVMX: Clean up and fix pin-based
execution controls") which introduced '|=' doesn't mention anything
about why this is needed, the change seems rather accidental.

Note: normally, required-1 portion of MSR_IA32_VMX_PINBASED_CTLS should
be equal to PIN_BASED_ALWAYSON_WITHOUT_TRUE_MSR so no behavioral change
is expected, however, it is (in theory) possible to observe something
different there when e.g. KVM is running as a nested hypervisor. Hope
this doesn't happen in practice.

Reported-by: Jim Mattson <jmattson@xxxxxxxxxx>
Reviewed-by: Maxim Levitsky <mlevitsk@xxxxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Vitaly Kuznetsov <vkuznets@xxxxxxxxxx>
arch/x86/kvm/vmx/nested.c | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86/kvm/vmx/nested.c b/arch/x86/kvm/vmx/nested.c
index dcf3ee645212..09654d5c2144 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kvm/vmx/nested.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kvm/vmx/nested.c
@@ -6586,7 +6586,7 @@ void nested_vmx_setup_ctls_msrs(struct nested_vmx_msrs *msrs, u32 ept_caps)
- msrs->pinbased_ctls_low |=
+ msrs->pinbased_ctls_low =
msrs->pinbased_ctls_high &=