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SubjectRE: [PATCH v13 10/13] x86/sgx: Add sgx_einit() for initializing enclaves
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> > >
> > > @@ -38,6 +39,18 @@ static LIST_HEAD(sgx_active_page_list); static
> > > DEFINE_SPINLOCK(sgx_active_page_list_lock);
> > > static struct task_struct *ksgxswapd_tsk; static
> > > DECLARE_WAIT_QUEUE_HEAD(ksgxswapd_waitq);
> > > +static struct notifier_block sgx_pm_notifier; static u64
> > > +sgx_pm_cnt;
> > > +
> > > +/* The cache for the last known values of IA32_SGXLEPUBKEYHASHx
> > > +MSRs
> > > for each
> > > + * CPU. The entries are initialized when they are first used by
> > > sgx_einit().
> > > + */
> > > +struct sgx_lepubkeyhash {
> > > + u64 msrs[4];
> > > + u64 pm_cnt;
> >
> > May I ask why do we need pm_cnt here? In fact why do we need suspend
> > staff (namely, sgx_pm_cnt above, and related code in this patch) here
> > in this patch? From the patch commit message I don't see why we need
> > PM staff here. Please give comment why you need PM staff, or you may
> > consider to split the PM staff to another patch.
>
> Refining the commit message probably makes more sense because without PM
> code sgx_einit() would be broken. The MSRs have been reset after waking up.
>
> Some kind of counter is required to keep track of the power cycle. When going
> to sleep the sgx_pm_cnt is increased. sgx_einit() compares the current value of
> the global count to the value in the cache entry to see whether we are in a new
> power cycle.

You mean reset to Intel default? I think we can also just reset the cached MSR values on each power cycle, which would be simpler, IMHO?

I think we definitely need some code to handle S3-S5, but should be in separate patches, since I think the major impact of S3-S5 is entire EPC being destroyed. I think keeping pm_cnt is not sufficient enough to handle such case?

>
> This brings up one question though: how do we deal with VM host going to sleep?
> VM guest would not be aware of this.

IMO VM just gets "sudden loss of EPC" after suspend & resume in host. SGX driver and SDK should be able to handle "sudden loss of EPC", ie, co-working together to re-establish the missing enclaves.

Actually supporting "sudden loss of EPC" is a requirement to support live migration of VM w/ SGX. Internally long time ago we had a discussion and the decision was we should support SGX live migration given two facts:

1) losing platform-dependent is not important. For example, losing sealing key is not a problem, as we could get secrets provisioned again from remote. 2) Both windows & linux driver commit to support "sudden loss of EPC".

I don't think we have to support in very first upstream driver, but I think we need to support someday.

Sean,

Would you be able to comment here?

>
> I think the best measure would be to add a new parameter to sgx_einit() that
> enforces update of the MSRs. The driver can then set this parameter in the case
> when sgx_einit() returns SGX_INVALID_LICENSE. This is coherent because the
> driver requires writable MSRs. It would not be coherent to do it directly in the
> core because KVM does not require writable MSRs.

IMHO this is not required, as I mentioned above.

And
[snip...]

Thanks,
-Kai

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