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SubjectRe: [PATCH 8/9] x86: kvm_hv_set_msr(): use __put_user() instead of 32bit __clear_user()
On Fri, May 29, 2020 at 04:52:59PM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Fri, May 29, 2020 at 4:27 PM Al Viro <> wrote:
> > a/arch/x86/kvm/hyperv.c
> > - if (__clear_user((void __user *)addr, sizeof(u32)))
> > + if (__put_user(0, (u32 __user *)addr))
> I'm not doubting that this is a correct transformation and an
> improvement, but why is it using that double-underscore version in the
> first place?
> There's a __copy_to_user() in kvm_hv_set_msr_pw() in addition to this
> one in kvm_hv_set_msr(). Both go back to 2011 and commit 8b0cedff040b
> ("KVM: use __copy_to_user/__clear_user to write guest page") and both
> look purely like "pointlessly avoid the access_ok".
> All these KVM "optimizations" seem entirely pointless, since
> access_ok() isn't the problem. And the address _claims_ to be
> verified, but I'm not seeing it. There is not a single 'access_ok()'
> anywhere in arch/x86/kvm/ that I can see.
> It looks like the argument for the address being validated is that it
> comes from "gfn_to_hva()", which should only return
> host-virtual-addresses. That may be true.
> But "should" is not "does", and honestly, the cost of gfn_to_hva() is
> high enough that then using that as an argument for removing
> "access_ok()" smells.
> So I would suggest just removing all these completely bogus
> double-underscore versions. It's pointless, it's wrong, and it's
> unsafe.

It's a bit trickier than that, but I want to deal with that at the same
time as the rest of kvm/vhost stuff. So for this series I just went
for minimal change. There's quite a pile of vhost and kvm stuff,
but it's not ready yet - wait for the next cycle.

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