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From: Don Porter <>
To: Andy Lutomirski <>,
	LKML <>, X86 ML <>,
	Stas Sergeev <>,
Subject: Re: Linux FSGSBASE testing
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2020 16:18:06 -0400
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On 6/20/20 11:59 AM, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> Hi Stas-
> FSGSBASE support is queued up for Linux 5.9.  Since you're one of the
> more exotic users of segmentation on Linux, is there any chance you
> could test it?  The code is here:
> There are two interesting cases to test:
> 1. FSGSBASE on.  This is the default if you boot this kernel on Ivy
> Bridge or newer hardware.
> 2. FSGSBASE off on a patched kernel.  Boot the same kernel as in #1
> but either pass nofsgsbase on the kernel command line or use pre-Ivy
> Bridge hardware.  You will *
> You can tell you have FSGSBASE enabled for test #1 by running
> tools/testing/selftests/x86/fsgsbase_64 -- the first line of output
> will be :FSGSBASE instructions are enabled".  You can build it by
> cd-ing to tools/testing/selftests/x86 and running make.
> If anything is broken for you, I'd like to know before this makes it
> into a released kernel!
> Thanks,
> Andy

FWIW, we tested this patch using Graphene under Case 1, both in our 
standard CI pipelines, and with hand testing.  Everything looks good on 
our end - no suspicious dmesg, no application-level issues.

I also reran the stress test Andy suggested on a separate thread, which 
also looks good:
* Graphene running nginx pinned to core 0
* infinite loop on core 0
* perf top running
* Exercised with non-SGX apache bench several times (~10 minutes of 
testing time) also from core 0

All the best,

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