[tip:,x86/asm] x86/syscall: Maximize MSR_SYSCALL_MASK
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tip-bot2 for Thomas Gleixner May 12, 2021, 9:23 a.m. UTC
The following commit has been merged into the x86/asm branch of tip:

Commit-ID:     6de4ac1d03f75248974a398110b15af0bfe65a11
Gitweb:        https://git.kernel.org/tip/6de4ac1d03f75248974a398110b15af0bfe65a11
Author:        H. Peter Anvin (Intel) <hpa@zytor.com>
AuthorDate:    Mon, 10 May 2021 11:53:13 -07:00
Committer:     Ingo Molnar <mingo@kernel.org>
CommitterDate: Wed, 12 May 2021 10:49:15 +02:00

x86/syscall: Maximize MSR_SYSCALL_MASK

It is better to clear as many flags as possible when we do a system
call entry, as opposed to the other way around. The fewer flags we
keep, the lesser the possible interference between the kernel and user

The flags changed are:

 - CF, PF, AF, ZF, SF, OF: these are arithmetic flags which affect
   branches, possibly speculatively. They should be cleared for the same
   reasons we now clear all GPRs on entry.

 - RF: suppresses a code breakpoint on the subsequent instruction. It is
   probably impossible to enter the kernel with RF set, but if it is
   somehow not, it would break a kernel debugger setting a breakpoint on
   the entry point. Either way, user space should not be able to control
   kernel behavior here.

 - ID: this flag has no direct effect (it is a scratch bit only.)
   However, there is no reason to retain the user space value in the
   kernel, and the standard should be to clear unless needed, not the
   other way around.

Signed-off-by: H. Peter Anvin (Intel) <hpa@zytor.com>
Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar <mingo@kernel.org>
Link: https://lore.kernel.org/r/20210510185316.3307264-5-hpa@zytor.com
 arch/x86/kernel/cpu/common.c | 12 +++++++++---
 1 file changed, 9 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

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diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/common.c b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/common.c
index a1b756c..6cf6975 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/common.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/common.c
@@ -1773,10 +1773,16 @@  void syscall_init(void)
 	wrmsrl_safe(MSR_IA32_SYSENTER_EIP, 0ULL);
-	/* Flags to clear on syscall */
+	/*
+	 * Flags to clear on syscall; clear as much as possible
+	 * to minimize user space-kernel interference.
+	 */
+	       X86_EFLAGS_AC|X86_EFLAGS_ID);
 #else	/* CONFIG_X86_64 */