[PATCH v4 0/2] x86: clear vmcss on all cpus when doing kdump if necessary

zhangyanfei zhangyanfei at cn.fujitsu.com
Wed Nov 14 04:29:03 EST 2012

Currently, kdump just makes all the logical processors leave VMX operation by
executing VMXOFF instruction, so any VMCSs active on the logical processors may
be corrupted. But, sometimes, we need the VMCSs to debug guest images contained
in the host vmcore. To prevent the corruption, we should VMCLEAR the VMCSs before
executing the VMXOFF instruction.

The patch set provides a way to VMCLEAR vmcss related to guests on all cpus before
executing the VMXOFF when doing kdump. This is used to ensure the VMCSs in the
vmcore updated and non-corrupted.

Changelog from v3 to v4:
1. add a new percpu variable vmclear_skipped to skip
   vmclear in kdump in some conditions.

Changelog from v2 to v3:
1. remove unnecessary conditions in function
   cpu_emergency_clear_loaded_vmcss as Marcelo suggested.

Changelog from v1 to v2:
1. remove the sysctl and clear VMCSs unconditionally.

Zhang Yanfei (2):
  x86/kexec: VMCLEAR vmcss on all cpus if necessary
  KVM: set/unset crash_clear_loaded_vmcss and vmclear_skipped in
    kvm_intel module

 arch/x86/include/asm/kexec.h |    3 +++ 
 arch/x86/kernel/crash.c      |   32 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 arch/x86/kvm/vmx.c           |   32 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 3 files changed, 67 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

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