Re: [PATCH] KVM: SVM: Fix reserved fields of struct sev_es_save_area

From: Sean Christopherson
Date: Tue Oct 04 2022 - 12:29:57 EST

On Tue, Oct 04, 2022, Carlos Bilbao wrote:
> On 10/4/22 09:05, Carlos Bilbao wrote:
> > Reserved fields of struct sev_es_save_area are named by their order of
> > appearance, but right now they jump from reserved_5 to reserved_7. Rename
> > them with the correct order.
> >
> > Fixes: 6d3b3d34e39eb ("KVM: SVM: Update the SEV-ES save area mapping")
> Actually, there is no bug, so this Fix tag could go. Thanks!!

Fixes: is appropriate, if we think it's worth fixing. Personally, I don't think
it's worth the churn/effort to keep the reserved numbers accurate, e.g. if the
two bytes in reserved_1 are used, then every other field will need to be updated
just to accomodate a tiny change. We'll find ourselves in a similar situation if
field is added in the middle of reserved_3,

If we really want to the number to have any kind of meaning without needing a pile
of churn for every update, the best idea I can think of is to name them reserved_<offset>.
That way only the affected reserved field needs to be modified when adding new
legal fields. But that has it's own flavor of maintenance burden as calculating
and verifying the offset is a waste of everyone's time.

TL;DR: I vote to sweep this under the rug and live with arbitrary/bad numbers.