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[Qemu-devel] [PATCH] cirrus: add option to disable blitter

From: Gerd Hoffmann
Subject: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH] cirrus: add option to disable blitter
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:29:00 +0100

Ok, we have this beast in the cirrus code which is not used at all by
modern guests, except when you try to find security holes in qemu.  So,
add an option to disable blitter altogether.  Guests released within
the last ten years should not show any rendering issues if you turn off
blitter support.

There are no known bugs in the cirrus blitter code.  But in the past we
hoped a few times already that we've finally nailed the last issue.  So
having some easy way to mitigate in case yet another blitter issue shows
up certainly makes me sleep a bit better at night.

For completeness:  The by far better way to mitigate is to switch away
from cirrus and use stdvga instead.  Or something more modern like
virtio-vga in case your guest has support for it.

Signed-off-by: Gerd Hoffmann <address@hidden>
 hw/display/cirrus_vga.c | 9 +++++++++
 1 file changed, 9 insertions(+)

diff --git a/hw/display/cirrus_vga.c b/hw/display/cirrus_vga.c
index efbd2c1..38fda55 100644
--- a/hw/display/cirrus_vga.c
+++ b/hw/display/cirrus_vga.c
@@ -205,6 +205,7 @@ typedef struct CirrusVGAState {
     uint32_t cirrus_bank_base[2];
     uint32_t cirrus_bank_limit[2];
     uint8_t cirrus_hidden_palette[48];
+    bool enable_blitter;
     int cirrus_blt_pixelwidth;
     int cirrus_blt_width;
     int cirrus_blt_height;
@@ -966,6 +967,10 @@ static void cirrus_bitblt_start(CirrusVGAState * s)
     uint8_t blt_rop;
+    if (!s->enable_blitter) {
+        goto bitblt_ignore;
+    }
     s->vga.gr[0x31] |= CIRRUS_BLT_BUSY;
     s->cirrus_blt_width = (s->vga.gr[0x20] | (s->vga.gr[0x21] << 8)) + 1;
@@ -3030,6 +3035,8 @@ static void isa_cirrus_vga_realizefn(DeviceState *dev, 
Error **errp)
 static Property isa_cirrus_vga_properties[] = {
     DEFINE_PROP_UINT32("vgamem_mb", struct ISACirrusVGAState,
                        cirrus_vga.vga.vram_size_mb, 4),
+    DEFINE_PROP_BOOL("blitter", struct ISACirrusVGAState,
+                       cirrus_vga.enable_blitter, true),
@@ -3099,6 +3106,8 @@ static void pci_cirrus_vga_realize(PCIDevice *dev, Error 
 static Property pci_vga_cirrus_properties[] = {
     DEFINE_PROP_UINT32("vgamem_mb", struct PCICirrusVGAState,
                        cirrus_vga.vga.vram_size_mb, 4),
+    DEFINE_PROP_BOOL("blitter", struct PCICirrusVGAState,
+                     cirrus_vga.enable_blitter, true),

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