[RFC PATCH 3/3] KVM: x86: Use KVM_BUG/KVM_BUG_ON to handle bugs that are fatal to the VM

Paolo Bonzini pbonzini at redhat.com
Fri Sep 25 17:06:10 EDT 2020

On 25/09/20 19:12, Sean Christopherson wrote:
>> Do we actually want to prevent *all* ioctls? E.g. when 'vm bugged'
>> condition is triggered userspace may want to extract some information to
>> assist debugging but even things like KVM_GET_[S]REGS will just return
>> -EIO. I'm not sure it is generally safe to enable *everything* (except
>> for KVM_RUN which should definitely be forbidden) so maybe your approach
>> is preferable.
> The answer to this probably depends on the answer to the first question of
> when it's appropriate to use KVM_BUG().  E.g. if we limit usage to fatal or
> dangrous cases, then blocking all ioctls() is probably the right thing do do.

I think usage should be limited to dangerous cases, basically WARN_ON
level.  However I agree with Vitaly that KVM_GET_* should be allowed.

The other question is whether to return -EIO or KVM_EXIT_INTERNAL_ERROR.
 The latter is more likely to be handled already by userspace.


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