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SubjectRe: [PATCH v8 1/2] x86/mm: add .bss..decrypted section to hold shared variables
On Fri, 14 Sep 2018, Brijesh Singh wrote:
> On 9/14/18 2:10 AM, Borislav Petkov wrote:
> >> /*
> >> + * Clear the memory encryption mask from the .bss..decrypted section.
> >> + * The bss section will be memset to zero later in the initialization so
> >> + * there is no need to zero it after changing the memory encryption
> >> + * attribute.
> >> + */
> >> + if (mem_encrypt_active()) {
> >> + vaddr = (unsigned long)__start_bss_decrypted;
> >> + vaddr_end = (unsigned long)__end_bss_decrypted;
> >> + for (; vaddr < vaddr_end; vaddr += PMD_SIZE) {
> >> + i = pmd_index(vaddr);
> >> + pmd[i] -= sme_get_me_mask();
> >> + }
> >> + }
> > Why isn't this chunk at the end of sme_encrypt_kernel() instead of here?
>
> The sme_encrypt_kernel() does not have access to pmd (after pointer
> fixup is applied). You can extend the sme_encrypt_kernel() to pass an
> additional arguments but then we start getting in include hell. The pmd
> is defined as "pmdval_t". If we extend the sme_encrypt_kernel() then 
> asm/mem_encrypt.h need to include the header file which defines
> "pmdval_t". Adding the 'asm/pgtable_type.h' was causing all kind of
> compilation errors. I didn't spend much time on it. IMO, we really don't
> need to go in this path unless we see some value from doing this.

Keep it here then.

> >> @@ -345,6 +363,7 @@ SECTIONS
> >> __bss_start = .;
> >> *(.bss..page_aligned)
> >> *(.bss)
> >> + BSS_DECRYPTED
> >> . = ALIGN(PAGE_SIZE);
> >> __bss_stop = .;
> > Putting it in the BSS would need a bit of care in the future as it poses
> > a certain ordering on the calls in x86_64_start_kernel() (not that there
> > isn't any now :)):
>
>
> Hmm, I thought since we are explicitly saying that attribute will add
> the variables in the bss section so caller should not be using the
> variable before bss is ready. If you are concerns that clear_bss() may
> get called after the variable is used then we could memset(0) when while
> clearing the C-bit. I did try to add some comments when we are clearing
> the C-bit. I can include some verbatim in BSS_DECRYPTED section as well.

Nah. It's clearly marked __bss_decrypted and anything which stores data in
a BSS location is busted whether thats .bss or .bss..decrypted. If someone
is not aware about the BSS constraints in general, i.e. don't use it before
clear_bss(), then I really can't help it.

Thanks,

tglx

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