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SubjectRe: [PATCH] entry/kvm: Exit to user mode when TIF_NOTIFY_SIGNAL is set
On Wed, May 04, 2022 at 01:08:40PM -0500, Seth Forshee wrote:
> 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" <ebiederm@xmission.com>
> Cc: Petr Mladek <pmladek@suse.com>
> Signed-off-by: Seth Forshee <sforshee@digitalocean.com>

Friendly reminder as it seems like this patch may have been forgotten.

Thanks,
Seth

> ---
> 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;
>
> if (ti_work & (_TIF_SIGPENDING | _TIF_NOTIFY_SIGNAL)) {
> - clear_notify_signal();
> - if (task_work_pending(current))
> - task_work_run();
> - }
> -
> - if (ti_work & _TIF_SIGPENDING) {
> kvm_handle_signal_exit(vcpu);
> return -EINTR;
> }
> --
> 2.32.0
>

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