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Subject[PATCH] entry/kvm: Exit to user mode when TIF_NOTIFY_SIGNAL is set
A livepatch transition may stall indefinitely when a kvm vCPU is heavily
loaded. To the host, the vCPU task is a user thread which is spending a
very long time in the ioctl(KVM_RUN) syscall. During livepatch
transition, set_notify_signal() will be called on such tasks to
interrupt the syscall so that the task can be transitioned. This
interrupts guest execution, but when xfer_to_guest_mode_work() sees that
TIF_NOTIFY_SIGNAL is set but not TIF_SIGPENDING it concludes that an
exit to user mode is unnecessary, and guest execution is resumed without
transitioning the task for the livepatch.

This handling of TIF_NOTIFY_SIGNAL is incorrect, as set_notify_signal()
is expected to break tasks out of interruptible kernel loops and cause
them to return to userspace. Change xfer_to_guest_mode_work() to handle
TIF_NOTIFY_SIGNAL the same as TIF_SIGPENDING, signaling to the vCPU run
loop that an exit to userpsace is needed. Any pending task_work will be
run when get_signal() is called from exit_to_user_mode_loop(), so there
is no longer any need to run task work from xfer_to_guest_mode_work().

Suggested-by: "Eric W. Biederman" <>
Cc: Petr Mladek <>
Signed-off-by: Seth Forshee <>
kernel/entry/kvm.c | 6 ------
1 file changed, 6 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kernel/entry/kvm.c b/kernel/entry/kvm.c
index 9d09f489b60e..2e0f75bcb7fd 100644
--- a/kernel/entry/kvm.c
+++ b/kernel/entry/kvm.c
@@ -9,12 +9,6 @@ static int xfer_to_guest_mode_work(struct kvm_vcpu *vcpu, unsigned long ti_work)
int ret;

- clear_notify_signal();
- if (task_work_pending(current))
- task_work_run();
- }
- if (ti_work & _TIF_SIGPENDING) {
return -EINTR;
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