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SubjectRe: [PATCH v13 10/13] x86/sgx: Add sgx_einit() for initializing enclaves
On Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 04:34:45PM -0500, Dr. Greg wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 10:43:30AM -0700, Sean Christopherson wrote:
> Good afternoon to everyone.
> > > Sorry I missed this one. To be honest I don't know. I checked the
> > > SDM and all I can find is:
> > >
> > > "On reset, the default value is the digest of Intel's signing key."
> > I confirmed the MSRs are reset any time the EPC is lost. Not sure
> > what happens if the MSRs contained a non-Intel value but feature
> > control is locked with SGX launch control disabled. I'll post an
> > update when I have an answer.
> It was our interpretation from the SDM that the identity modulus
> signature MSR's are 'trap-door' registers. If flexible launch control
> (FLC) is enabled the platform has one opportunity to write a new
> signature value, after which the registers are locked from
> modification until the next platform reset.

In the driver we support only MSRs that are left writable by the BIOS
before locking the feature control.

> From a security architecture perspective it seemed that an FLC based
> SGX implementation would use a modified version of TBOOT to securely
> write that register once per platform boot/reset. The architecture
> that is being discussed where there is a need to continually check
> whether or not the correct root signing key is loaded sounds a bit
> clunky at best.
> At worst it has potential security implications since it is the
> reponsibility of the enclave launch control infrastructure to control
> which enclaves are allowed to have the PROVISION_KEY attribute bit
> set.

Based on the previous feedback supporting read-only MSRs in the driver
is an unwanted feature i.e. the kernel must be able to decide what gets
lauched (i.e. no launch enclave).

> Have a good weekend.
> Dr. Greg
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