On Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 07:08:22PM +0000, Jork Loeser wrote:
> > > Subject: Re: [tip:x86/platform] x86/hyper-v: Use hypercall for remote TLB
> > > flush
> > > Hold on.. if we don't IPI for TLB invalidation. What serializes our
> > > software page table walkers like fast_gup() ?
> > Hypervisor may implement this functionality via an IPI.
> > K. Y
> HvFlushVirtualAddressList() states:
> This call guarantees that by the time control returns back to the
> caller, the observable effects of all flushes on the specified virtual
> processors have occurred.
> HvFlushVirtualAddressListEx() refers to HvFlushVirtualAddressList() as adding
> sparse target VP lists.
> Is this enough of a guarantee, or do you see other races?
That's nowhere near enough. We need the remote CPU to have completed any
guest IF section that was in progress at the time of the call.
So if a host IPI can interrupt a guest while the guest has IF cleared,
and we then process the host IPI -- clear the TLBs -- before resuming the
guest, which still has IF cleared, we've got a problem.
Because at that point, our software page-table walker, that relies on IF
being clear to guarantee the page-tables exist, because it holds off the
TLB invalidate and thereby the freeing of the pages, gets its pages
ripped out from under it.