Re: [PATCH 09/10] KVM: SEV: introduce KVM_SEV_INIT2 operation

From: Paolo Bonzini
Date: Thu Feb 15 2024 - 13:08:39 EST

On Thu, Feb 15, 2024 at 6:55 PM Michael Roth <michael.roth@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> > The fallout was caused by old kernels not supporting debug-swap and
> > now by failing measurements. As far as I know there is no downside of
> > leaving it disabled by default, and it will fix booting old guest
> > kernels.
> Yah, agreed on older guest kernels, but it's the measurement side of things
> where we'd expect some additional fallout. The guidance was essentially that
> if you run a newer host kernel with debug-swap support, you need either need
> to:
> a) update your measurements to account for the additional VMSA feature
> b) disable debug-swap param to maintain previous behavior/measurement

Out of curiosity, where was this documented? While debug-swap was a
pretty obvious culprit of the failed measurement, I didn't see any
mention to it anywhere (and also didn't see any mention that old
kernels would fail to boot in the KVM patches---which would have been
a pretty clear indication that something like these patches was

> So those who'd taken approach a) would see another unexpected measurement
> change when they eventually update to a newer kernel.

But they'd see it anyway if userspace starts disabling it by default.
In general, enabling _anything_ by default is a mistake in either KVM
or userspace if you care about guest ABI (which you obviously do in
the case of confidential computing).