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Subject[PATCH v10 0/3] Secure Memory Allocation Framework
version 10 changes:
- rebased on kernel 4.8 tag
- minor typo fix

version 9 changes:
- rebased on 4.8-rc5
- struct dma_attrs doesn't exist anymore so update CMA allocator
to compile with new dma_*_attr functions
- add example SMAF use case in cover letter

version 8 changes:
- rework of the structures used within ioctl
by adding a version field and padding to be futur proof
- rename fake secure moduel to test secure module
- fix the various remarks done on the previous patcheset

version 7 changes:
- rebased on kernel 4.6-rc7
- simplify secure module API
- add vma ops to be able to detect mmap/munmap calls
- add ioctl to get number and allocator names
- update libsmaf with adding tests
- add debug log in fake secure module

version 6 changes:
- rebased on kernel 4.5-rc4
- fix mmapping bug while requested allocation size isn't a a multiple of
PAGE_SIZE (add a test for this in libsmaf)

version 5 changes:
- rebased on kernel 4.3-rc6
- rework locking schema and make handle status use an atomic_t
- add a fake secure module to allow performing tests without trusted

version 4 changes:
- rebased on kernel 4.3-rc3
- fix missing EXPORT_SYMBOL for smaf_create_handle()

version 3 changes:
- Remove ioctl for allocator selection instead provide the name of
the targeted allocator with allocation request.
Selecting allocator from userland isn't the prefered way of working
but is needed when the first user of the buffer is a software component.
- Fix issues in case of error while creating smaf handle.
- Fix module license.
- Update libsmaf and tests to care of the SMAF API evolution

version 2 changes:
- Add one ioctl to allow allocator selection from userspace.
This is required for the uses case where the first user of
the buffer is a software IP which can't perform dma_buf attachement.
- Add name and ranking to allocator structure to be able to sort them.
- Create a tiny library to test SMAF:
- Fix one issue when try to secure buffer without secure module registered

SMAF aim to solve two problems: allocating memory that fit with hardware IPs
constraints and secure those data from bus point of view.

One example of SMAF usage is camera preview: on SoC you may use either an USB
webcam or the built-in camera interface and the frames could be send directly
to the dipslay Ip or handle by GPU.
Most of USB interfaces and GPU have mmu but almost all built-in camera
interace and display Ips don't have mmu so when selecting how allocate
buffer you need to be aware of each devices constraints (contiguous memroy,
stride, boundary, alignment ...).
ION has solve this problem by let userland decide which allocator (heap) to use
but this require to adapt userland for each platform and sometime for each
use case.

To be sure to select the best allocation method for devices SMAF implement
deferred allocation mechanism: memory allocation is only done when the first
device effectively required it.
Allocator modules have to implement a match() to let SMAF know if they are
compatibles with devices needs.
This patch set provide an example of allocator module which use
dma_{alloc/free/mmap}_attrs() and check if at least one device have
coherent_dma_mask set to DMA_BIT_MASK(32) in match function.

In the same camera preview use case, SMAF allow to protect the data from being
read by unauthorized IPs (i.e. a malware to dump camera stream).
Until now I have only see access rights protection at process/thread level
(PKeys/MPK) or on file (SELinux) but nothing allow to drive data bus firewalls.
SMAF propose an interface to control and implement those firewalls.
Like IOMMU, firewalls IPs can help to protect memory from malicious/faulty devices
that are attempting DMA attacks.

Secure modules are responsibles of granting and revoking devices access rights
on the memory. Secure module is also called to check if CPU map memory into
kernel and user address spaces.
An example of secure module implementation can be found here:
This code isn't yet part of the patch set because it depends on generic TEE
which is still under discussion (

For allocation part of SMAF code I get inspirated by Sumit Semwal work about
constraint aware allocator.

Benjamin Gaignard (3):
create SMAF module
SMAF: add CMA allocator
SMAF: add test secure module

drivers/Kconfig | 2 +
drivers/Makefile | 1 +
drivers/smaf/Kconfig | 17 +
drivers/smaf/Makefile | 3 +
drivers/smaf/smaf-cma.c | 186 ++++++++++
drivers/smaf/smaf-core.c | 818 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
drivers/smaf/smaf-testsecure.c | 90 +++++
include/linux/smaf-allocator.h | 45 +++
include/linux/smaf-secure.h | 65 ++++
include/uapi/linux/smaf.h | 85 +++++
10 files changed, 1312 insertions(+)
create mode 100644 drivers/smaf/Kconfig
create mode 100644 drivers/smaf/Makefile
create mode 100644 drivers/smaf/smaf-cma.c
create mode 100644 drivers/smaf/smaf-core.c
create mode 100644 drivers/smaf/smaf-testsecure.c
create mode 100644 include/linux/smaf-allocator.h
create mode 100644 include/linux/smaf-secure.h
create mode 100644 include/uapi/linux/smaf.h


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