[PATCH v4.1 backport 08/15] powerpc/64s: Support disabling RFI flush with no_rfi_flush and nopti

Michael Ellerman mpe at ellerman.id.au
Fri Mar 2 15:45:42 AEDT 2018

commit bc9c9304a45480797e13a8e1df96ffcf44fb62fe upstream.

Because there may be some performance overhead of the RFI flush, add
kernel command line options to disable it.

We add a sensibly named 'no_rfi_flush' option, but we also hijack the
x86 option 'nopti'. The RFI flush is not the same as KPTI, but if we
see 'nopti' we can guess that the user is trying to avoid any overhead
of Meltdown mitigations, and it means we don't have to educate every
one about a different command line option.

Signed-off-by: Michael Ellerman <mpe at ellerman.id.au>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh at linuxfoundation.org>
 arch/powerpc/kernel/setup_64.c | 24 +++++++++++++++++++++++-
 1 file changed, 23 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/arch/powerpc/kernel/setup_64.c b/arch/powerpc/kernel/setup_64.c
index e76bcacaf150..a3993ac21b50 100644
--- a/arch/powerpc/kernel/setup_64.c
+++ b/arch/powerpc/kernel/setup_64.c
@@ -811,8 +811,29 @@ early_initcall(disable_hardlockup_detector);
 #ifdef CONFIG_PPC_BOOK3S_64
 static enum l1d_flush_type enabled_flush_types;
 static void *l1d_flush_fallback_area;
+static bool no_rfi_flush;
 bool rfi_flush;
+static int __init handle_no_rfi_flush(char *p)
+	pr_info("rfi-flush: disabled on command line.");
+	no_rfi_flush = true;
+	return 0;
+early_param("no_rfi_flush", handle_no_rfi_flush);
+ * The RFI flush is not KPTI, but because users will see doco that says to use
+ * nopti we hijack that option here to also disable the RFI flush.
+ */
+static int __init handle_no_pti(char *p)
+	pr_info("rfi-flush: disabling due to 'nopti' on command line.\n");
+	handle_no_rfi_flush(NULL);
+	return 0;
+early_param("nopti", handle_no_pti);
 static void do_nothing(void *unused)
@@ -883,7 +904,8 @@ void __init setup_rfi_flush(enum l1d_flush_type types, bool enable)
 	enabled_flush_types = types;
-	rfi_flush_enable(enable);
+	if (!no_rfi_flush)
+		rfi_flush_enable(enable);
 #endif /* CONFIG_PPC_BOOK3S_64 */

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