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SubjectRe: [PATCH v15 0/7] MTE support for KVM guest
On 17/06/2021 14:15, Marc Zyngier wrote:
> On Thu, 17 Jun 2021 13:13:22 +0100,
> Catalin Marinas <> wrote:
>> On Mon, Jun 14, 2021 at 10:05:18AM +0100, Steven Price wrote:
>>> I realise there are still open questions[1] around the performance of
>>> this series (the 'big lock', tag_sync_lock, introduced in the first
>>> patch). But there should be no impact on non-MTE workloads and until we
>>> get real MTE-enabled hardware it's hard to know whether there is a need
>>> for something more sophisticated or not. Peter Collingbourne's patch[3]
>>> to clear the tags at page allocation time should hide more of the impact
>>> for non-VM cases. So the remaining concern is around VM startup which
>>> could be effectively serialised through the lock.
>> [...]
>>> [1]:
>> Start-up, VM resume, migration could be affected by this lock, basically
>> any time you fault a page into the guest. As you said, for now it should
>> be fine as long as the hardware doesn't support MTE or qemu doesn't
>> enable MTE in guests. But the problem won't go away.
> Indeed. And I find it odd to say "it's not a problem, we don't have
> any HW available". By this token, why should we merge this work the
> first place, or any of the MTE work that has gone into the kernel over
> the past years?
>> We have a partial solution with an array of locks to mitigate against
>> this but there's still the question of whether we should actually bother
>> for something that's unlikely to happen in practice: MAP_SHARED memory
>> in guests (ignoring the stage 1 case for now).
>> If MAP_SHARED in guests is not a realistic use-case, we have the vma in
>> user_mem_abort() and if the VM_SHARED flag is set together with MTE
>> enabled for guests, we can reject the mapping.
> That's a reasonable approach. I wonder whether we could do that right
> at the point where the memslot is associated with the VM, like this:
> diff --git a/arch/arm64/kvm/mmu.c b/arch/arm64/kvm/mmu.c
> index a36a2e3082d8..ebd3b3224386 100644
> --- a/arch/arm64/kvm/mmu.c
> +++ b/arch/arm64/kvm/mmu.c
> @@ -1376,6 +1376,9 @@ int kvm_arch_prepare_memory_region(struct kvm *kvm,
> if (!vma)
> break;
> + if (kvm_has_mte(kvm) && vma->vm_flags & VM_SHARED)
> + return -EINVAL;
> +
> /*
> * Take the intersection of this VMA with the memory region
> */
> which takes the problem out of the fault path altogether? We document
> the restriction and move on. With that, we can use a non-locking
> version of mte_sync_page_tags().

Does this deal with the case where the VMAs are changed after the
memslot is created? While we can do the check here to give the VMM a
heads-up if it gets it wrong, I think we also need it in
user_mem_abort() to deal with a VMM which mmap()s over the VA of the
memslot. Or am I missing something?

But if everyone is happy with the restriction (just for KVM) of not
allowing MTE+VM_SHARED then that sounds like a good way forward.



>> We can discuss the stage 1 case separately from this series.
> Works for me.
> Thanks,
> M.

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