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Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2021 05:58:05 +0200
From: Salvatore Bonaccorso <>
To: Michael Ellerman <>
	John Paul Adrian Glaubitz <>
Subject: Re: Linux kernel: powerpc: KVM guest can trigger host
 crash on Power8


On Mon, Oct 25, 2021 at 10:18:54PM +1100, Michael Ellerman wrote:
> The Linux kernel for powerpc since v5.2 has a bug which allows a
> malicious KVM guest to crash the host, when the host is running on
> Power8.
> Only machines using Linux as the hypervisor, aka. KVM, powernv or bare
> metal, are affected by the bug. Machines running PowerVM are not
> affected.
> The bug was introduced in:
>     10d91611f426 ("powerpc/64s: Reimplement book3s idle code in C")
> Which was first released in v5.2.
> The upstream fix is:
>   cdeb5d7d890e ("KVM: PPC: Book3S HV: Make idle_kvm_start_guest() return 0 if it went to guest")
> Which will be included in the v5.16 release.
> Note to backporters, the following commits are required:
>   73287caa9210ded6066833195f4335f7f688a46b
>   ("powerpc64/idle: Fix SP offsets when saving GPRs")
>   9b4416c5095c20e110c82ae602c254099b83b72f
>   ("KVM: PPC: Book3S HV: Fix stack handling in idle_kvm_start_guest()")
>   cdeb5d7d890e14f3b70e8087e745c4a6a7d9f337
>   ("KVM: PPC: Book3S HV: Make idle_kvm_start_guest() return 0 if it went to guest")
>   496c5fe25c377ddb7815c4ce8ecfb676f051e9b6
>   ("powerpc/idle: Don't corrupt back chain when going idle")
> I have a test case to trigger the bug, which I can share privately with
> anyone who would like to test the fix.

The issue has been assigned CVE-2021-43056.


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