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From: Balbir Singh <>
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Subject: [PATCH v2 0/5] Implement optional L1D flushing for
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2020 10:10:58 +1000
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Implement a mechanism that allows tasks to conditionally flush
their L1D cache (mitigation mechanism suggested in 2). The previous
posts of these patches were sent for inclusion (see 3) and were not
included due to the concern for the need for additional checks,
those checks were:

1. Implement this mechanism only for CPUs affected by the L1TF bug
2. Disable the software fallback
3. Provide an override to disable this mechanism completely

The patches support a use case where the entire system is not in
non SMT mode, but rather a few CPUs can have their SMT turned off
and processes that want to opt-in are expected to run on non SMT
cores. This gives the administrator complete control over setting
up the mitigation for the issue. In addition, the administrator
has a boot time override (l1d_flush_out=off) to turn of the mechanism

To implement these efficiently, a new per cpu view of whether the core
is in SMT mode or not is implemented in patch 1. The code is refactored
in patch 2 so that the existing code can allow for other speculation
related checks when switching mm between tasks, this mechanism has not
changed since the last post. The ability to flush L1D for tasks if the
TIF_SPEC_L1D_FLUSH bit is set and the task has context switched out of a
non SMT core is provided by patch 3. Hooks for the user space API, for
this feature to be invoked via prctl are provided in patch 4, along with
the checks described above (1, 2, and 3).

The checks are:
	a. If the CPU is affected by L1TF
        b. Hardware L1D flush mechanism is available
	c. The task opting in has it's affinity set to only non SMT cores. 

Documentation updates are in patch 5, with updates on l1d_flush, the
prctl changes and updates to the kernel-parameters (l1d_flush_out).

Balbir Singh (5):
  Add a per-cpu view of SMT state
  x86/mm: Refactor cond_ibpb() to support other use cases
  x86/mm: Optionally flush L1D on context switch
  prctl: Hook L1D flushing in via prctl
  Documentation: Add L1D flushing Documentation


 Documentation/admin-guide/hw-vuln/index.rst   |   1 +
 .../admin-guide/hw-vuln/l1d_flush.rst         |  70 ++++++++++++
 .../admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt         |  17 +++
 Documentation/userspace-api/spec_ctrl.rst     |   8 ++
 arch/x86/include/asm/cacheflush.h             |   8 ++
 arch/x86/include/asm/processor.h              |   2 +
 arch/x86/include/asm/thread_info.h            |   9 +-
 arch/x86/include/asm/tlbflush.h               |   2 +-
 arch/x86/kernel/cpu/bugs.c                    |  54 +++++++++
 arch/x86/kernel/smpboot.c                     |  11 +-
 arch/x86/mm/tlb.c                             | 104 +++++++++++++-----
 include/uapi/linux/prctl.h                    |   1 +
 12 files changed, 258 insertions(+), 29 deletions(-)
 create mode 100644 Documentation/admin-guide/hw-vuln/l1d_flush.rst


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Thread overview: 8+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-07-29  0:10 Balbir Singh [this message]
2020-07-29  0:10 ` [PATCH v2 1/5] Add a per-cpu view of SMT state Balbir Singh
2020-07-29  0:11 ` [PATCH v2 2/5] x86/mm: Refactor cond_ibpb() to support other use cases Balbir Singh
2020-07-29  0:11 ` [PATCH v2 3/5] x86/mm: Optionally flush L1D on context switch Balbir Singh
2020-07-29  0:11 ` [PATCH v2 4/5] prctl: Hook L1D flushing in via prctl Balbir Singh
2020-07-29 13:14   ` Tom Lendacky
2020-07-30  0:13     ` Singh, Balbir
2020-07-29  0:11 ` [PATCH v2 5/5] Documentation: Add L1D flushing Documentation Balbir Singh

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