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SubjectRe: [PATCH] ARM: DRA7/OMAP5: Enable ACTLR[0] (Enable invalidates of BTB) for secondary cores
* Nishanth Menon <> [180613 13:31]:
> On 10:11-20180613, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> > On Tue, Jun 12, 2018 at 04:36:11PM -0500, Nishanth Menon wrote:
> > > Call secure services to enable ACTLR[0] (Enable invalidates of BTB with
> > > ICIALLU) when branch hardening is enabled for kernel.
> >
> > As mentioned elsewhere, I don't think this is a good idea - if the secure
> > world is not implementing the Spectre workarounds, then the _system_ is
> > exploitable.
> >
> > If the secure world is implementing the spectre workarounds, it will
> > already have enabled the IBE bit (which is r/w from secure, read only
> > from non-secure.)
> >
> > So, basically, lack of the IBE bit being set is basically telling the
> > kernel that it's running on a vulnerable platform _even if the kernel
> > were to set it through some means_.
> On GP devices OMAP5/DRA7, there is no possibility to update secure side
> since "secure world" is ROM and there are no override mechanisms possible.
> on HS devices, I agree, appropriate PPA will do the workarounds as well.
> However, this patch is to enable the IBE enable on GP device for _a_
> core can only be done via SMC services that ROM provides for
> specifically the reasons you have already stated. u-boot will only
> enable the IBE for the boot core, by the time the secondary cores start
> up, u-boot is long gone.. so someone has to invoke the SMC call to
> enable the IBE bit for the secondary core.
> This is what the patch does.
> If the above explanation makes sense, I will add that to the commit log
> as well.

Probably good idea to also add a comment to the code that this
is for the secondary core.



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