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SubjectRe: [dm-devel] [PATCH] dm: add secdel target
On Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 05:00:33AM -0700, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 02:49:44PM +0300, Vitaly Chikunov wrote:
> > On Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 11:19:45PM -0700, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> > > Just as a note: the name is a complete misowner, a couple overwrite
> > > are not in any way secure deletion. So naming it this way and exposing
> > > this as erase is a problem that is going to get back to bite us.
> >
> > In what way it's not secure deletion?
> >
> > It's secure deletion by overwriting discarded data instead of leaving it
> > as is.
>
> Overwriting data does not delete data. Most certainly not in Flash based
> SSDs, but also not in many storage arrays, or for that matter many modern
> disks that have sectore remapping and various kinds of non-volatile
> caches. There is a reason why devices tend to have special commands to
> perform secure erase - depending on the media they might or might not
> overwrite internally, but at least they do it in a way that actually
> works for the given media and device configuration.

I know that. This is why it says "The target does not try to determine
if the underlying drive reliably support data overwrites, this decision
is solely on the discretion of a user. Please note that not all drivers
support this ability."


> > dm-erase or dm-wipe? dm-discerase?
>
> dm-overwrite?

These are all good to me.

>
> > But still provide REQ_OP_SECURE_ERASE support?
>
> On the one hand that is highly misleading and would warrant a warning
> (see above), on the other hand discard is purely advisory and can be
> skipped any time, including by intermediate layers. So I don't think
> you can actually do what you want without major changes to the whole
> I/O stack.

Probably, a concerned user should test his setup to be sure discards
reach dm-secdel (after that they go as writes), and data he thinks
should be erased is erased.

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