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Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH] i386: Add support to get/set/migrate MSR (33H)

From: Paolo Bonzini
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH] i386: Add support to get/set/migrate MSR (33H)
Date: Fri, 6 Jul 2018 11:31:38 +0200
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On 06/07/2018 10:43, Daniel P. Berrangé wrote:
>> Based on the Linux patch at [1], guests may try to detect the
>> feature by writing to the MSR unconditionally.
>> If this happens, KVM needs to provide a mechanism to
>> enable/disable the MSR emulation.  Otherwise users will end up
>> with VMs that can't be migrated to older hosts even if they are
>> using older machine-types.
> Is there really no CPUID flag that can be used to detect the feature ?
> Unconditionally probing for existance of arbitrary MSRs seems to be
> just re-inventing CPUID feature detection, but worse because as you
> say we need to now invent a way to control existance of individual
> MSRs too :-(

Now that I know that no silicon exists for this feature, the solution is
simple.  The feature will be rejected until a CPUID bit exists.


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