[PATCH 08/16] x86: Emergency virtualization disable function

Avi Kivity avi at redhat.com
Sun Nov 9 06:23:14 EST 2008

Eduardo Habkost wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 12:30:51PM +0200, Avi Kivity wrote:
>> Eric W. Biederman wrote:
>>>> If you want to be extra simple and safe, remove kvm from the equation.  Make the
>>>> disabling code part of kdump/emergency_restart and only rely on the convention
>>>> that cr3.vmxe == vmxon.
>>> Convention?
>> There is a de-facto convention supported by at least vmware and kvm.  If  
>> cr4.vmxe is 1, then we are in vmx operation.  If cr4.vmxe is 0, then we  
>> are not in vmx operation.  This allows us to determine whether we need  
>> to execute vmxoff without any APIs.
> I am just worried about the probing needed to make sure CR4 is available
> (and that the CR4.VMXE bit means what we expect it to mean),

That's cpu_has_kvm_support() in vmx.c.  Should compile to three 

>  before we
> try to read it and check VMXE. The same for SVM and the MSRs we need to
> touch to disable SVM.

That's has_svm() in svm.c; slightly longer but not any more dangerous.

> I prefer to reuse code that already exists on KVM and is working than
> adding new probing code that I won't be able to test on all hardware
> configurations.

We could move the code to a header file, and so compile it both for kvm 
and for emergency_restart/kdump.

error compiling committee.c: too many arguments to function

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