LKML Archive on
 help / color / Atom feed
From: Wanpeng Li <>
To: Paolo Bonzini <>
Cc: LKML <>, kvm <>,
	Boris Ostrovsky <>
Subject: Re: [FYI PATCH 0/5] Missing TLB flushes
Date: Sat, 1 Feb 2020 13:53:31 +0800
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Fri, 31 Jan 2020 at 02:02, Paolo Bonzini <> wrote:
> From: Boris Ostrovsky <>
> The KVM hypervisor may provide a guest with ability to defer remote TLB
> flush when the remote VCPU is not running. When this feature is used,
> the TLB flush will happen only when the remote VPCU is scheduled to run
> again. This will avoid unnecessary (and expensive) IPIs.
> Under certain circumstances, when a guest initiates such deferred action,
> the hypervisor may miss the request. It is also possible that the guest
> may mistakenly assume that it has already marked remote VCPU as needing
> a flush when in fact that request had already been processed by the
> hypervisor. In both cases this will result in an invalid translation
> being present in a vCPU, potentially allowing accesses to memory locations
> in that guest's address space that should not be accessible.
> Note that only intra-guest memory is vulnerable.
> The attached patches address both of these problems:
> 1. The first patch makes sure the hypervisor doesn't accidentally clear
> guest's remote flush request
> 2. The rest of the patches prevent the race between hypervisor
> acknowledging a remote flush request and guest issuing a new one.

Looks good, thanks for the patchset.


      parent reply index

Thread overview: 7+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-01-30 18:01 Paolo Bonzini
2020-01-30 18:01 ` [FYI PATCH 1/5] x86/kvm: Be careful not to clear KVM_VCPU_FLUSH_TLB bit Paolo Bonzini
2020-01-30 18:01 ` [FYI PATCH 2/5] x86/kvm: Introduce kvm_(un)map_gfn() Paolo Bonzini
2020-01-30 18:01 ` [FYI PATCH 3/5] x86/kvm: Cache gfn to pfn translation Paolo Bonzini
2020-01-30 18:01 ` [FYI PATCH 4/5] x86/KVM: Make sure KVM_VCPU_FLUSH_TLB flag is not missed Paolo Bonzini
2020-01-30 18:01 ` [FYI PATCH 5/5] x86/KVM: Clean up host's steal time structure Paolo Bonzini
2020-02-01  5:53 ` Wanpeng Li [this message]

Reply instructions:

You may reply publicly to this message via plain-text email
using any one of the following methods:

* Save the following mbox file, import it into your mail client,
  and reply-to-all from there: mbox

  Avoid top-posting and favor interleaved quoting:

* Reply using the --to, --cc, and --in-reply-to
  switches of git-send-email(1):

  git send-email \ \ \ \ \ \ \

* If your mail client supports setting the In-Reply-To header
  via mailto: links, try the mailto: link

LKML Archive on

Archives are clonable:
	git clone --mirror lkml/git/0.git
	git clone --mirror lkml/git/1.git
	git clone --mirror lkml/git/2.git
	git clone --mirror lkml/git/3.git
	git clone --mirror lkml/git/4.git
	git clone --mirror lkml/git/5.git
	git clone --mirror lkml/git/6.git
	git clone --mirror lkml/git/7.git
	git clone --mirror lkml/git/8.git
	git clone --mirror lkml/git/9.git

	# If you have public-inbox 1.1+ installed, you may
	# initialize and index your mirror using the following commands:
	public-inbox-init -V2 lkml lkml/ \
	public-inbox-index lkml

Example config snippet for mirrors

Newsgroup available over NNTP:

AGPL code for this site: git clone