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SubjectRe: There is a null-ptr-deref bug in kvm_dirty_ring_get in virt/kvm/dirty_ring.c
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On Wed, 2021-11-17 at 17:49 +0100, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
> On 11/17/21 10:46, Woodhouse, David wrote:
> > > The remaining
> > > option would be just "do not mark the page as dirty if the ring buffer
> > > is active". This is feasible because userspace itself has passed the
> > > shared info gfn; but again, it's ugly...
> > I think I am coming to quite like that 'remaining option' as long as we
> > rephrase it as follows:
> >
> > KVM does not mark the shared_info page as dirty, and userspace is
> > expected to*assume* that it is dirty at all times. It's used for
> > delivering event channel interrupts and the overhead of marking it
> > dirty each time is just pointless.
>
> For the case of dirty-bitmap, one solution could be to only set a bool
> and actually mark the page dirty lazily, at the time of
> KVM_GET_DIRTY_LOG. For dirty-ring, I agree that it's easiest if
> userspace just "knows" the page is dirty.

TBH we get that former behaviour for free if we just do the access via
the shiny new gfn_to_pfn_cache. The page is marked dirty once, when the
cache is invalidated. I was actually tempted to avoid even setting the
dirty bit even when we write to the shinfo page.

None of which *immediately* solves it for the wall clock part because
we just call the same kvm_write_wall_clock() that the KVM MSR version
invokes, and that uses kvm_write_guest().

I think I'll just reimplement the interesting part of
kvm_write_wall_clock() directly in kvm_xen_shared_info_init(). I don't
much like the duplication but it isn't much and it's the simplest
option I see. And it actually simplifies kvm_write_wall_clock() which
no longer needs the 'sec_hi_ofs' argument. And the Xen version is also
simpler because it can just access the kernel mapping directly.



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