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SubjectRe: [PATCH v15 23/23] x86/sgx: Driver documentation
On Sat, Nov 03, 2018 at 01:11:22AM +0200, Jarkko Sakkinen wrote:
> Documentation of the features of the Software Guard eXtensions used
> by the Linux kernel and basic design choices for the core and driver
> and functionality.
> Signed-off-by: Jarkko Sakkinen <>
> ---
> Documentation/index.rst | 1 +
> Documentation/x86/intel_sgx.rst | 185 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> 2 files changed, 186 insertions(+)
> create mode 100644 Documentation/x86/intel_sgx.rst
> diff --git a/Documentation/index.rst b/Documentation/index.rst
> index 5db7e87c7cb1..1cdc139adb40 100644
> --- a/Documentation/index.rst
> +++ b/Documentation/index.rst
> @@ -104,6 +104,7 @@ implementation.
> :maxdepth: 2
> sh/index
> + x86/index

It seems there is no Documentation/x86/index.rst, probably you'd want to
create one and link intel_sgx.rst there

> Filesystem Documentation
> ------------------------
> diff --git a/Documentation/x86/intel_sgx.rst b/Documentation/x86/intel_sgx.rst
> new file mode 100644
> index 000000000000..f6b7979c41f2
> --- /dev/null
> +++ b/Documentation/x86/intel_sgx.rst
> @@ -0,0 +1,185 @@
> +===================
> +Intel(R) SGX driver
> +===================
> +
> +Introduction
> +============
> +
> +Intel(R) SGX is a set of CPU instructions that can be used by applications to
> +set aside private regions of code and data. The code outside the enclave is
> +disallowed to access the memory inside the enclave by the CPU access control.
> +In a way you can think that SGX provides inverted sandbox. It protects the
> +application from a malicious host.
> +
> +You can tell if your CPU supports SGX by looking into ``/proc/cpuinfo``:
> +
> + ``cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep sgx``
> +
> +Overview of SGX
> +===============
> +
> +SGX has a set of data structures to maintain information about the enclaves and
> +their security properties. BIOS reserves a fixed size region of physical memory
> +for these structures by setting Processor Reserved Memory Range Registers
> +(PRMRR).
> +
> +This memory range is protected from outside access by the CPU and all the data
> +coming in and out of the CPU package is encrypted by a key that is generated for
> +each boot cycle.
> +
> +Enclaves execute in ring-3 in a special enclave submode using pages from the
> +reserved memory range. A fixed logical address range for the enclave is reserved
> +by ENCLS(ECREATE), a leaf instruction used to create enclaves. It is referred in
> +the documentation commonly as the ELRANGE.
> +
> +Every memory access to the ELRANGE is asserted by the CPU. If the CPU is not
> +executing in the enclave mode inside the enclave, #GP is raised. On the other
> +hand enclave code can make memory accesses both inside and outside of the

comma ^

> +
> +Enclave can only execute code inside the ELRANGE. Instructions that may cause
> +VMEXIT, IO instructions and instructions that require a privilege change are
> +prohibited inside the enclave. Interrupts and exceptions always cause enclave
> +to exit and jump to an address outside the enclave given when the enclave is
> +entered by using the leaf instruction ENCLS(EENTER).
> +
> +Data types
> +----------
> +
> +The protected memory range contains the following data:
> +
> +* **Enclave Page Cache (EPC):** protected pages
> +* **Enclave Page Cache Map (EPCM):** a database that describes the state of the
> + pages and link them to an enclave.

I think it's better to use "definition list" here

> +EPC has a number of different types of pages:
> +
> +* **SGX Enclave Control Structure (SECS)**: describes the global
> + properties of an enclave.
> +* **Regular (REG):** code and data pages in the ELRANGE.
> +* **Thread Control Structure (TCS):** pages that define entry points inside an
> + enclave. The enclave can only be entered through these entry points and each
> + can host a single hardware thread at a time.
> +* **Version Array (VA)**: 64-bit version numbers for pages that have been
> + swapped outside the enclave. Each page contains 512 version numbers.


> +Launch control
> +--------------
> +
> +To launch an enclave, two structures must be provided for ENCLS(EINIT):
> +
> +1. **SIGSTRUCT:** signed measurement of the enclave binary.
> +2. **EINITTOKEN:** a cryptographic token CMAC-signed with a AES256-key called
> + *launch key*, which is re-generated for each boot cycle.


> +The CPU holds a SHA256 hash of a 3072-bit RSA public key inside
> +IA32_SGXLEPUBKEYHASHn MSRs. Enclaves with a SIGSTRUCT that is signed with this
> +key do not require a valid EINITTOKEN and can be authorized with special
> +privileges. One of those privileges is ability to acquire the launch key with
> +
> +**IA32_FEATURE_CONTROL[17]** is used by the BIOS configure whether
> +IA32_SGXLEPUBKEYHASH MSRs are read-only or read-write before locking the
> +feature control register and handing over control to the operating system.
> +
> +Enclave construction
> +--------------------
> +
> +The construction is started by filling out the SECS that contains enclave
> +address range, privileged attributes and measurement of TCS and REG pages (pages
> +that will be mapped to the address range) among the other things. This structure
> +is passed out to the ENCLS(ECREATE) together with a physical address of a page
> +in EPC that will hold the SECS.
> +
> +The pages are added with ENCLS(EADD) and measured with ENCLS(EEXTEND) i.e.
> +SHA256 hash MRENCLAVE residing in the SECS is extended with the page data.
> +
> +After all of the pages have been added, the enclave is initialized with
> +ENCLS(EINIT). ENCLS(INIT) checks that the SIGSTRUCT is signed with the contained


> +public key. If the given EINITTOKEN has the valid bit set, the CPU checks that
> +the token is valid (CMAC'd with the launch key). If the token is not valid,
> +the CPU will check whether the enclave is signed with a key matching to the
> +
> +Swapping pages
> +--------------
> +
> +Enclave pages can be swapped out with ENCLS(EWB) to the unprotected memory. In
> +addition to the EPC page, ENCLS(EWB) takes in a VA page and address for PCMD
> +structure (Page Crypto MetaData) as input. The VA page will seal a version
> +number for the page. PCMD is 128 byte structure that contains tracking
> +information for the page, most importantly its MAC. With these structures the
> +enclave is sealed and rollback protected while it resides in the unprotected
> +memory.
> +
> +Before the page can be swapped out it must not have any active TLB references.
> +ENCLS(EBLOCK) instruction moves a page to the *blocked* state, which means
> +that no new TLB entries can be created to it by the hardware threads.
> +
> +After this a shootdown sequence is started with ENCLS(ETRACK), which sets an
> +increased counter value to the entering hardware threads. ENCLS(EWB) will
> +return SGX_NOT_TRACKED error while there are still threads with the earlier
> +couner value because that means that there might be hardware thread inside
> +the enclave with TLB entries to pages that are to be swapped.
> +
> +Kernel internals
> +================
> +
> +Requirements
> +------------
> +
> +Because SGX has an ever evolving and expanding feature set, it's possible for
> +a BIOS or VMM to configure a system in such a way that not all CPUs are equal,
> +e.g. where Launch Control is only enabled on a subset of CPUs. Linux does
> +*not* support such a heterogeneous system configuration, nor does it even
> +attempt to play nice in the face of a misconfigured system. With the exception
> +of Launch Control's hash MSRs, which can vary per CPU, Linux assumes that all
> +CPUs have a configuration that is identical to the boot CPU.
> +
> +
> +Roles and responsibilities
> +--------------------------
> +
> +SGX introduces system resources, e.g. EPC memory, that must be accessible to
> +multiple entities, e.g. the native kernel driver (to expose SGX to userspace)
> +and KVM (to expose SGX to VMs), ideally without introducing any dependencies
> +between each SGX entity. To that end, the kernel owns and manages the shared
> +system resources, i.e. the EPC and Launch Control MSRs, and defines functions
> +that provide appropriate access to the shared resources. SGX support for
> +user space and VMs is left to the SGX platform driver and KVM respectively.
> +
> +Launching enclaves
> +------------------
> +
> +The current kernel implementation supports only unlocked MSRs i.e.
> +FEATURE_CONTROL_SGX_LE_WR must be set. The launch is performed by setting the
> +MSRs to the hash of the public key modulus of the enclave signer, which is one
> +f the fields in the SIGSTRUCT.


> +
> +EPC management
> +--------------
> +
> +Due to the unique requirements for swapping EPC pages, and because EPC pages
> +(currently) do not have associated page structures, management of the EPC is
> +not handled by the standard Linux swapper. SGX directly handles swapping
> +of EPC pages, including a kthread to initiate reclaim and a rudimentary LRU
> +mechanism. The consumers of EPC pages, e.g. the SGX driver, are required to
> +implement function callbacks that can be invoked by the kernel to age,
> +swap, and/or forcefully reclaim a target EPC page. In effect, the kernel
> +controls what happens and when, while the consumers (driver, KVM, etc..) do
> +the actual work.
> +
> +SGX uapi
> +========
> +
> +.. kernel-doc:: drivers/platform/x86/intel_sgx/sgx_ioctl.c
> + :functions: sgx_ioc_enclave_create
> + sgx_ioc_enclave_add_page
> + sgx_ioc_enclave_init
> +
> +.. kernel-doc:: arch/x86/include/uapi/asm/sgx.h
> +
> +References
> +==========
> +
> +* System Programming Manual: 39.1.4 Intel® SGX Launch Control Configuration
> --
> 2.19.1

Sincerely yours,

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