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* [FYI PATCH] KVM: nSVM: always intercept VMLOAD/VMSAVE when nested (CVE-2021-3656)
@ 2021-08-16 13:57 Paolo Bonzini
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From: Paolo Bonzini @ 2021-08-16 13:57 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: linux-kernel, kvm; +Cc: seanjc, Maxim Levitsky

From: Maxim Levitsky <>

If L1 disables VMLOAD/VMSAVE intercepts, and doesn't enable
Virtual VMLOAD/VMSAVE (currently not supported for the nested hypervisor),
then VMLOAD/VMSAVE must operate on the L1 physical memory, which is only
possible by making L0 intercept these instructions.

Failure to do so allowed the nested guest to run VMLOAD/VMSAVE unintercepted,
and thus read/write portions of the host physical memory.

Fixes: 89c8a4984fc9 ("KVM: SVM: Enable Virtual VMLOAD VMSAVE feature")

Suggested-by: Paolo Bonzini <>
Signed-off-by: Maxim Levitsky <>
Signed-off-by: Paolo Bonzini <>
 arch/x86/kvm/svm/nested.c | 3 +++
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)

diff --git a/arch/x86/kvm/svm/nested.c b/arch/x86/kvm/svm/nested.c
index 28381ca5221c..e5515477c30a 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kvm/svm/nested.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kvm/svm/nested.c
@@ -158,6 +158,9 @@ void recalc_intercepts(struct vcpu_svm *svm)
 	/* If SMI is not intercepted, ignore guest SMI intercept as well  */
 	if (!intercept_smi)
 		vmcb_clr_intercept(c, INTERCEPT_SMI);
+	vmcb_set_intercept(c, INTERCEPT_VMLOAD);
+	vmcb_set_intercept(c, INTERCEPT_VMSAVE);
 static void copy_vmcb_control_area(struct vmcb_control_area *dst,

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