This Linux kernel change "KVM: VMX: Move RSB stuffing to before the first RET after VM-Exit" is included in the Linux 5.1 release. This change is authored by Rick Edgecombe <rick.p.edgecombe [at] intel.com> on Fri Apr 26 17:23:58 2019 -0700. The commit for this change in Linux stable tree is f2fde6a (patch).
KVM: VMX: Move RSB stuffing to before the first RET after VM-Exit The not-so-recent change to move VMX's VM-Exit handing to a dedicated "function" unintentionally exposed KVM to a speculative attack from the guest by executing a RET prior to stuffing the RSB. Make RSB stuffing happen immediately after VM-Exit, before any unpaired returns. Alternatively, the VM-Exit path could postpone full RSB stuffing until its current location by stuffing the RSB only as needed, or by avoiding returns in the VM-Exit path entirely, but both alternatives are beyond ugly since vmx_vmexit() has multiple indirect callers (by way of vmx_vmenter()). And putting the RSB stuffing immediately after VM-Exit makes it much less likely to be re-broken in the future. Note, the cost of PUSH/POP could be avoided in the normal flow by pairing the PUSH RAX with the POP RAX in __vmx_vcpu_run() and adding an a POP to nested_vmx_check_vmentry_hw(), but such a weird/subtle dependency is likely to cause problems in the long run, and PUSH/POP will take all of a few cycles, which is peanuts compared to the number of cycles required to fill the RSB. Fixes: 453eafbe65f7 ("KVM: VMX: Move VM-Enter + VM-Exit handling to non-inline sub-routines") Reported-by: Rick Edgecombe <[email protected]> Signed-off-by: Rick Edgecombe <[email protected]> Co-developed-by: Sean Christopherson <[email protected]> Signed-off-by: Sean Christopherson <[email protected]> Signed-off-by: Paolo Bonzini <[email protected]>
There are 15 lines of Linux source code added/deleted in this change. Code changes to Linux kernel are as follows.
arch/x86/kvm/vmx/vmenter.S | 12 ++++++++++++ arch/x86/kvm/vmx/vmx.c | 3 --- 2 files changed, 12 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-) diff --git a/arch/x86/kvm/vmx/vmenter.S b/arch/x86/kvm/vmx/vmenter.S index 7b27273..d4cb194 100644 --- a/arch/x86/kvm/vmx/vmenter.S +++ b/arch/x86/kvm/vmx/vmenter.S @@ -3,6 +3,7 @@ #include <asm/asm.h> #include <asm/bitsperlong.h> #include <asm/kvm_vcpu_regs.h> +#include <asm/nospec-branch.h> #define WORD_SIZE (BITS_PER_LONG / 8) @@ -77,6 +78,17 @@ ENDPROC(vmx_vmenter) * referred to by VMCS.HOST_RIP. */ ENTRY(vmx_vmexit) +#ifdef CONFIG_RETPOLINE + ALTERNATIVE "jmp .Lvmexit_skip_rsb", "", X86_FEATURE_RETPOLINE + /* Preserve guest's RAX, it's used to stuff the RSB. */ + push %_ASM_AX + + /* IMPORTANT: Stuff the RSB immediately after VM-Exit, before RET! */ + FILL_RETURN_BUFFER %_ASM_AX, RSB_CLEAR_LOOPS, X86_FEATURE_RETPOLINE + + pop %_ASM_AX +.Lvmexit_skip_rsb: +#endif ret ENDPROC(vmx_vmexit) diff --git a/arch/x86/kvm/vmx/vmx.c b/arch/x86/kvm/vmx/vmx.c index bcdd69d..0c955bb 100644 --- a/arch/x86/kvm/vmx/vmx.c +++ b/arch/x86/kvm/vmx/vmx.c @@ -6462,9 +6462,6 @@ static void vmx_vcpu_run(struct kvm_vcpu *vcpu) x86_spec_ctrl_restore_host(vmx->spec_ctrl, 0); - /* Eliminate branch target predictions from guest mode */ - vmexit_fill_RSB(); - /* All fields are clean at this point */ if (static_branch_unlikely(&enable_evmcs)) current_evmcs->hv_clean_fields |=