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Why is PCE not set in CR4?
I've been playing with my Athlon's timestamp counter for a while,
and I would like to experiment with the performance-monitoring
I can execute the RDTSC instruction from ring 3 because the TSD
(TimeStamp Disable) bit in CR4 (Control Register 4) is cleared.
However, I am not allowed to use the RDPMC instruction from ring 3
because the PCE (Performance-monitoring Counters Enable) bit is not set.
Is there a reason (security? performance? other?) why FreeBSD does
not set PCE at boot time?
On a related subject, is there a way for a kernel module to catch a
general-protection fault caused by an application trying to execute
RDMSR or WRMSR, and have the kernel module execute the instruction
for the application? Or is it cleaner to register two new system
calls to achieve the same thing?
Thank you for reading me.