[PATCH] kdump, vmcoreinfo: Export sme_me_mask value to vmcoreinfo

Borislav Petkov bp at alien8.de
Fri Oct 26 15:25:17 PDT 2018

On Fri, Oct 26, 2018 at 06:24:40PM +0200, Petr Tesarik wrote:
> But we need the MSR value from the panic kernel environment, not while
> the production kernel is still running, right?

Actually, we need only the encryption bit number (and it should be 0
otherwise to denote SME wasn't enabled).

I guess something like


which gets written by the kexec-ed kernel.

> If so, then this reminds me that I have wanted for a long time to store
> more of the hardware state in a vmcore NOTE after a kernel crash ...
> control registers, MSRs and whatnot. Of course, this would be a
> long-term project, but I wonder what other people think about it in
> general.

I guess that sounds like a good idea - the more relevant hw info for
debugging, the better. Determining the important MSRs to save would need
a bit of a pondering over though. For example, some MSRs are per-core,
some per-socket, etc...


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