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SubjectRe: [PATCH] tpm: don't destroy chip device prematurely
On Tue, Oct 04, 2016 at 09:55:36PM +0000, Winkler, Tomas wrote:
> > On Tue, Oct 04, 2016 at 08:19:46AM +0300, Jarkko Sakkinen wrote:
> >
> > > > Make the driver uncallable first. The worst race that can happen is
> > > > that open("/dev/tpm0", ...) returns -EPIPE. I do not consider this
> > > > fatal at all.
> > >
> > > No responses for this reasonable proposal so I'll show what I mean:
> >
> > How is this any better than what Thomas proposed? It seems much worse to
> > me since now we have even more stuff in the wrong order.
> >
> > There are three purposes to the ordering as it stands today
> > 1) To guarantee that tpm2_shutdown is the last command delivered to
> > the TPM. When it is issued all other ways to access the device
> > are hard fenced off.
> I'm not sure where are you taking this requirements from simple bit
> is just enough to make the HW inaccessible if the interface is
> designed right.

I'm having a hard time understanding the english in your
email. (Jarkko do you know what Tomas is talking about??)

> The ordering can be resolved, like this
> down_write(&chip->ops_sem);
> if (chip->flags & TPM_CHIP_FLAG_TPM2)
> tpm2_shutdown(chip, TPM2_SU_CLEAR);
> up_write(&chip->ops_sem);
> device_del(&chip->dev);
> down_write(&chip->ops_sem);
> chip->ops = NULL;
> up_write(&chip->ops_sem);

No, that is wrong as well, another thread can issue a TPM command
between the device_del and the ops = NULL. Presumably that will fail
the same as tpm2_shutdown does.

> > I still haven't heard an explanation why Thomas's other patches need this, or
> > why trying to change this ordering makes any sense at all considering how the
> > subsystem is constructed.
> I thought it's quite clear form the commit message, the device_del

Not clear at all the commit message describes the 'solution' not the
problem. This doesn't help..

> naturally toggles runtime_pm of the parent device, it tries to
> resume the parent device so it can perform denationalization and
> then suspend the parent device back which caused tpm2_shutdown to
> fail.

What code actually fails? I don't see anything in the runtime pm patch
that relies on chip->dev at all.

What code fails and why?

> I general we can not to implement power management via runtime_pm
> and resolve the issue within tpm_crb driver but it's not abouth
> tpm_crb. tpm2_shutdown is a tpm stack call it's not tpm_crb
> function, it uses tpm_transmit_cmd and friends it should have valid
> tpm_chip initialized and valid. I'm not sure what could be more
> clearer than that.

I'll say it again, the tpm_transmit_cmd path must not require a
registered chip->dev.

device_del only unregisters the dev, it does not deinitialize it, nor
does it free any memory. I still don't understand how this has any
impact on the pm stuff when all the pm stuff is attached only to the

> I have to admit that I'm not sure what the vtpm does yet, but I have
> a feeling that a simple flag can fix this.

What flag? Fix what?


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