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SubjectRe: [RFCv2 2/4] Documentation: document nospec helpers
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On 01/05/18 06:57, Mark Rutland wrote:
> Document the rationale and usage of the new nospec*() helpers.
>
> Signed-off-by: Mark Rutland <mark.rutland@arm.com>
> Signed-off-by: Will Deacon <will.deacon@arm.com>
> Cc: Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@intel.com>
> Cc: Jonathan Corbet <corbet@lwn.net>
> Cc: Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org>
> ---
> Documentation/speculation.txt | 166 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> 1 file changed, 166 insertions(+)
> create mode 100644 Documentation/speculation.txt
>
> diff --git a/Documentation/speculation.txt b/Documentation/speculation.txt
> new file mode 100644
> index 000000000000..748fcd4dcda4
> --- /dev/null
> +++ b/Documentation/speculation.txt
> @@ -0,0 +1,166 @@
> +
> +Typically speculative execution cannot be observed from architectural state,
> +such as the contents of registers. However, in some cases it is possible to
> +observe its impact on microarchitectural state, such as the presence or
> +absence of data in caches. Such state may form side-channels which can be
> +observed to extract secret information.

I'm curious about what it takes to observe this...

or is that covered in the exploit papers?

thanks,
--
~Randy

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