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Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH v2 0/2] migration: fix virtio-rng

From: Stefan Hajnoczi
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH v2 0/2] migration: fix virtio-rng
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:51:03 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.8.0 (2017-02-23)

On Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 03:53:10PM +0200, Laurent Vivier wrote:
> When post-copy migration is enabled, the destination
> guest can ask for memory from the source when the
> vmstate is restored.
> In the case of virtio, a part of the virtqueue
> is migrated by the vmstate structure (last_avail_idx)
> another part is migrated inside the RAM (used_idx).
> On the source side, the virtqueue can be modified
> whereas the vmstate is already migrated, and the destination
> side can ask for the value in RAM. In this case we have
> an inconsistency that can generate this kind of error:
>     "VQ 0 size 0x8 < last_avail_idx 0xa - used_idx 0"
> in hw/virtio/virtio.c:2180, virtio_load().
> This happens with virtio-rng as the chr_read()
> function which modifies the virqueue is called
> by the rng backend and the rng backend continues to
> run while the migration is running and the CPU is stopped.
> This series fixes this problem by ignoring chr_read()
> calls while the CPU is stopped. The first patch of the
> series fixes another problem triggered by this error
> case: a use-after-free case.
> The probability to have this problem is very low, as
> generally the post-copy phase is very short, so the window
> to modify the virtqueue while the vmstate has been sent
> is very small... except if you are doing trans-continental
> guest migration with high latency and post-copy phase that
> can be run for minutes.
> I've been able to reproduce the problem locally on a host,
> by adding network latency with "tc". Another condition is
> to have an rng daemon running in the guest to generate
> events in the virtio-rng device.
> v2:
> - add a vm state change handler to restart the virtio-rng
>   process when the CPU restarts (it also replaces
>   the post_load function).
> Laurent Vivier (2):
>   migration: don't close a file descriptor while it can be in use
>   virtio-rng: stop virtqueue while the CPU is stopped
>  hw/virtio/trace-events         |  3 +++
>  hw/virtio/virtio-rng.c         | 29 +++++++++++++++++++++++------
>  include/hw/virtio/virtio-rng.h |  2 ++
>  migration/migration.c          |  6 +++---
>  4 files changed, 31 insertions(+), 9 deletions(-)
> -- 
> 2.9.3

Reviewed-by: Stefan Hajnoczi <address@hidden>

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