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From: Michal Hocko <mhocko@suse.com>
To: speck@linutronix.de
Subject: [MODERATED] [PATCH 9/9] TAA v2 9
Date: Wed, 23 Oct 2019 12:35:50 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <84cc60d706f45f096adea06d91fa3f00cf0fd152.1572168937.git.bp@suse.de> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <cover.1572168937.git.bp@suse.de>

From: Michal Hocko <mhocko@suse.com>
Subject: [PATCH 9/9] x86/tsx: Add config options to set tsx=on|off|auto

There is a general consensus that TSX usage is not largely spread while
the history shows there is a non trivial space for side channel attacks
possible. Therefore the tsx is disabled by default even on platforms
that might have a safe implementation of TSX according to the current
knowledge. This is a fair trade off to make.

There are, however, workloads that really do benefit from using TSX and
updating to a newer kernel with TSX disabled might introduce a
noticeable regressions. This would be especially a problem for Linux
distributions which will provide TAA mitigations.

Introduce config options X86_INTEL_TSX_MODE_OFF, X86_INTEL_TSX_MODE_ON
and X86_INTEL_TSX_MODE_AUTO to control the TSX feature. The config
setting can be overridden by the tsx cmdline options.

 [ bp: Text cleanups from Josh. ]

Suggested-by: Borislav Petkov <bpetkov@suse.de>
Signed-off-by: Michal Hocko <mhocko@suse.com>
Signed-off-by: Pawan Gupta <pawan.kumar.gupta@linux.intel.com>
Signed-off-by: Borislav Petkov <bp@suse.de>
Reviewed-by: Josh Poimboeuf <jpoimboe@redhat.com>
Cc: "H. Peter Anvin" <hpa@zytor.com>
Cc: Ingo Molnar <mingo@redhat.com>
Cc: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>
Cc: Tony Luck <tony.luck@intel.com>
Cc: x86-ml <x86@kernel.org>
---
 arch/x86/Kconfig          | 45 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 arch/x86/kernel/cpu/tsx.c | 22 +++++++++++++------
 2 files changed, 61 insertions(+), 6 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86/Kconfig b/arch/x86/Kconfig
index d6e1faa28c58..8ef85139553f 100644
--- a/arch/x86/Kconfig
+++ b/arch/x86/Kconfig
@@ -1940,6 +1940,51 @@ config X86_INTEL_MEMORY_PROTECTION_KEYS
 
 	  If unsure, say y.
 
+choice
+	prompt "TSX enable mode"
+	depends on CPU_SUP_INTEL
+	default X86_INTEL_TSX_MODE_OFF
+	help
+	  Intel's TSX (Transactional Synchronization Extensions) feature
+	  allows to optimize locking protocols through lock elision which
+	  can lead to a noticeable performance boost.
+
+	  On the other hand it has been shown that TSX can be exploited
+	  to form side channel attacks (e.g. TAA) and chances are there
+	  will be more of those attacks discovered in the future.
+
+	  Therefore TSX is not enabled by default (aka tsx=off). An admin
+	  might override this decision by tsx=on the command line parameter.
+	  Even with TSX enabled, the kernel will attempt to enable the best
+	  possible TAA mitigation setting depending on the microcode available
+	  for the particular machine.
+
+	  This option allows to set the default tsx mode between tsx=on, =off
+	  and =auto. See Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt for more
+	  details.
+
+	  Say off if not sure, auto if TSX is in use but it should be used on safe
+	  platforms or on if TSX is in use and the security aspect of tsx is not
+	  relevant.
+
+config X86_INTEL_TSX_MODE_OFF
+	bool "off"
+	help
+	  TSX is disabled if possible - equals to tsx=off command line parameter.
+
+config X86_INTEL_TSX_MODE_ON
+	bool "on"
+	help
+	  TSX is always enabled on TSX capable HW - equals the tsx=on command
+	  line parameter.
+
+config X86_INTEL_TSX_MODE_AUTO
+	bool "auto"
+	help
+	  TSX is enabled on TSX capable HW that is believed to be safe against
+	  side channel attacks- equals the tsx=auto command line parameter.
+endchoice
+
 config EFI
 	bool "EFI runtime service support"
 	depends on ACPI
diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/tsx.c b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/tsx.c
index dda328ec2ba1..3e20d322bc98 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/tsx.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/tsx.c
@@ -73,6 +73,14 @@ static bool __init tsx_ctrl_is_supported(void)
 	return !!(ia32_cap & ARCH_CAP_TSX_CTRL_MSR);
 }
 
+static enum tsx_ctrl_states x86_get_tsx_auto_mode(void)
+{
+	if (boot_cpu_has_bug(X86_BUG_TAA))
+		return TSX_CTRL_DISABLE;
+
+	return TSX_CTRL_ENABLE;
+}
+
 void __init tsx_init(void)
 {
 	char arg[5] = {};
@@ -88,17 +96,19 @@ void __init tsx_init(void)
 		} else if (!strcmp(arg, "off")) {
 			tsx_ctrl_state = TSX_CTRL_DISABLE;
 		} else if (!strcmp(arg, "auto")) {
-			if (boot_cpu_has_bug(X86_BUG_TAA))
-				tsx_ctrl_state = TSX_CTRL_DISABLE;
-			else
-				tsx_ctrl_state = TSX_CTRL_ENABLE;
+			tsx_ctrl_state = x86_get_tsx_auto_mode();
 		} else {
 			tsx_ctrl_state = TSX_CTRL_DISABLE;
 			pr_err("tsx: invalid option, defaulting to off\n");
 		}
 	} else {
-		/* tsx= not provided, defaulting to off */
-		tsx_ctrl_state = TSX_CTRL_DISABLE;
+		/* tsx= not provided */
+		if (IS_ENABLED(CONFIG_X86_INTEL_TSX_MODE_AUTO))
+			tsx_ctrl_state = x86_get_tsx_auto_mode();
+		else if (IS_ENABLED(CONFIG_X86_INTEL_TSX_MODE_OFF))
+			tsx_ctrl_state = TSX_CTRL_DISABLE;
+		else
+			tsx_ctrl_state = TSX_CTRL_ENABLE;
 	}
 
 	if (tsx_ctrl_state == TSX_CTRL_DISABLE) {
-- 
2.21.0

      parent reply	other threads:[~2019-10-27  9:42 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 11+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-10-27  9:35 [MODERATED] [PATCH 0/9] TAA v2 0 Borislav Petkov
2019-10-23  8:45 ` [MODERATED] [PATCH 1/9] TAA v2 1 Pawan Gupta
2019-10-23  8:52 ` [MODERATED] [PATCH 2/9] TAA v2 2 Pawan Gupta
2019-10-28  7:36   ` Thomas Gleixner
2019-10-23  9:01 ` [MODERATED] [PATCH 3/9] TAA v2 3 Pawan Gupta
2019-10-23  9:30 ` [MODERATED] [PATCH 4/9] TAA v2 4 Pawan Gupta
2019-10-23 10:19 ` [MODERATED] [PATCH 5/9] TAA v2 5 Pawan Gupta
2019-10-23 10:23 ` [MODERATED] [PATCH 6/9] TAA v2 6 Pawan Gupta
2019-10-23 10:28 ` [MODERATED] [PATCH 7/9] TAA v2 7 Pawan Gupta
2019-10-23 10:32 ` [MODERATED] [PATCH 8/9] TAA v2 8 Pawan Gupta
2019-10-23 10:35 ` Michal Hocko [this message]

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