[RFC PATCH] KVM: arm/arm64: Don't let userspace update CNTVOFF once guest is running

Marc Zyngier marc.zyngier at arm.com
Wed Jul 8 08:56:42 PDT 2015

On 29/06/15 18:37, Peter Maydell wrote:
> On 29 June 2015 at 18:20, Claudio Fontana <claudio.fontana at huawei.com> wrote:
>> On 26.06.2015 06:49, Jan Kiszka wrote:
>>> QEMU has the concept of write-back levels: KVM_PUT_RUNTIME_STATE,
>>> KVM_PUT_RESET_STATE and KVM_PUT_FULL_STATE. I suspect this registers is
>>> just sorted into the wrong category, thus written as part of the
>>> RUNTIME_STATE. We had such bug patterns during the x86 maturing phase as
>>> well.
>> It seems that QEMU target-arm ignores the level parameter to
>> kvm_arch_put_registers completely.
>> Is it intended?
> Yes, sort of. We don't in general know anything about the semantics
> of most of the system registers. It should always be safe to
> read them all out of the kernel and write them back...

I'm not sure you can safely assume this for time related things, unless
you can guarantee that all vcpus are stopped. Claudio is seeing time
jumping in weird ways, and so have I, which would tend to show that QEMU
is introducing some jitter.

Maybe not easily observable on real hardware, but the FastModel is
enough to show the issue.

So unless someone has a better solution, I'm seriously considering
getting this patch merged.


Jazz is not dead. It just smells funny...

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