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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/3] STM32 Extended TrustZone Protection driver
2018-02-27 20:46 GMT+01:00 Robin Murphy <robin.murphy@arm.com>:
> On 27/02/18 19:16, Benjamin Gaignard wrote:
>>
>> 2018-02-27 18:11 GMT+01:00 Mark Rutland <mark.rutland@arm.com>:
>>>
>>> On Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 03:09:23PM +0100, Benjamin Gaignard wrote:
>>>>
>>>> On early boot stages STM32MP1 platform is able to dedicate some hardware
>>>> blocks
>>>> to a secure OS running in TrustZone.
>>>> We need to avoid using those hardware blocks on non-secure context (i.e.
>>>> kernel)
>>>> because read/write access will all be discarded.
>>>>
>>>> Extended TrustZone Protection driver register itself as listener of
>>>> BUS_NOTIFY_BIND_DRIVER and check, given the device address, if the
>>>> hardware block
>>>> could be used in a Linux context. If not it returns NOTIFY_BAD to driver
>>>> core
>>>> to stop driver probing.
>>>
>>>
>>> Huh?
>>>
>>> If these devices are not usable from the non-secure side, why are they
>>> not removed form the DT (or marked disabled)?
>>>
>>> In other cases, where resources are carved out for the secure side (e.g.
>>> DRAM carveouts), that's how we handle things.
>>>
>>
>> That true you can parse and disable a device a boot time but if DT doesn't
>> exactly reflect etzpc status bits we will in trouble when try to get
>> access to
>> the device.
>
>
> Well, yes. If the DT doesn't correctly represent the hardware, things will
> probably go wrong; that's hardly a novel concept, and it's certainly not
> unique to this particular SoC.
>
>> Changing the DT is a software protection while etzpc is an hardware
>> protection
>> so we need to check it anyway.
>
>
> There are several in-tree DT and code examples where devices are marked as
> disabled on certain boards/SoC variants/etc. because attempting to access
> them can abort/lock up/trigger a secure watchdog reset/etc. The only
> "special" thing in this particular situation is apparently that this device
> even allows its secure configuration to be probed from the non-secure side
> at all.
>
> Implementing a boardfile so that you can "check" the DT makes very little
> sense to me; Linux is not a firmware validation suite.

It is not about to "check" the DT but if Linux could get access to the hardware.
Hardware block assignment to secure or non-secure world could change at runtime
for example I2C block could be manage by secure OS for a trusted
application and when
it have finish "release" the it for Linux. I don't think that could be
done by changing DT.

I think that dhecking hardware blocks status bits before probe them is
also more robust than let
each driver discover at probe time that it hardware isn't responding.

Benjamin

>
> Robin.

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