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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 01/15] s390: zcrypt: externalize AP instructions available function
On 04/17/2018 12:56 PM, Cornelia Huck wrote:
> On Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:31:00 -0400
> Tony Krowiak <> wrote:
>> My preference would be one of the following:
>> 1. All of the interfaces defined in arch/s390/include/asm/ap.h
>> are implemented in a file that is built whether ZCRYPT is
>> built or not.
>> 2. The drivers/s390/crypto/ap_asm.h file containing the functions
>> that execute the AP instructions are made available outside of
>> the AP bus, for example; arch/s390/include/asm
>> I requested this from the maintainer but was told we don't want to
>> have any crypto adapter support when the host AP functionality is
>> disabled (CONFIG_ZCRYPT=n). This makes sense, however; I think it is
>> a bit confusing to have a header file (arch/s390/include/asm/ap.h)
>> with interfaces that are conditionally built.
>> This is why I chose the ifdeffery (as you call it) approach. The
>> only other solution I can conjure is to duplicate the asm code for
>> the AP instructions needed in KVM and bypass using the AP bus
>> interfaces.
> I think at the root of this is an unfortunate mixup in the
> architecture: The format of the crycb changes depending on some ap
> feature being installed. Providing the crycb does not have anything to
> do with ap device usage in the host, but we need to issue an ap
> instruction to get this right. [Correct me if I'm wrong; but that's
> what I get without being able to consult the actual architecture.]

That sums it up.

> So, exporting *all* of the interfaces is probably not needed anyway. I
> think it boils down to either "export the interfaces where a mixup
> happened, and keep the rest to zcrypt only", or "duplicate the
> instructions for kvm usage".

I only suggested exporting all of the interfaces because the others may
be needed down the road when interception is implemented for full
virtualization of AP devices.

> I hope we can find a solution here, as this seems to be one of the main
> discussion points :/ (FWIW, I think the basic driver interface is sane.)

I will work on coming up with something that attempts to take into
all of the comments thus far. In the meantime, I will keep my eyes on this
space if anybody comes up with a better, concrete resolution.


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