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SubjectRe: [PATCH v5 3/3] hwrng: add mtk-sec-rng driver

On 12/2/2019 11:11 AM, Marc Zyngier wrote:
> On Mon, 2 Dec 2019 16:12:09 +0000
> Ard Biesheuvel <> wrote:
>> (adding some more arm64 folks)
>> On Fri, 29 Nov 2019 at 11:30, Neal Liu <> wrote:
>>> On Fri, 2019-11-29 at 18:02 +0800, Lars Persson wrote:
>>>> Hi Neal,
>>>> On Wed, Nov 27, 2019 at 3:23 PM Neal Liu <> wrote:
>>>>> For MediaTek SoCs on ARMv8 with TrustZone enabled, peripherals like
>>>>> entropy sources is not accessible from normal world (linux) and
>>>>> rather accessible from secure world (ATF/TEE) only. This driver aims
>>>>> to provide a generic interface to ATF rng service.
>>>> I am working on several SoCs that also will need this kind of driver
>>>> to get entropy from Arm trusted firmware.
>>>> If you intend to make this a generic interface, please clean up the
>>>> references to MediaTek and give it a more generic name. For example
>>>> "Arm Trusted Firmware random number driver".
>>>> It will also be helpful if the SMC call number is configurable.
>>>> - Lars
>>> Yes, I'm trying to make this to a generic interface. I'll try to make
>>> HW/platform related dependency to be configurable and let it more
>>> generic.
>>> Thanks for your suggestion.
>> I don't think it makes sense for each arm64 platform to expose an
>> entropy source via SMC calls in a slightly different way, and model it
>> as a h/w driver. Instead, we should try to standardize this, and
>> perhaps expose it via the architectural helpers that already exist
>> (get_random_seed_long() and friends), so they get plugged into the
>> kernel random pool driver directly.
> Absolutely. I'd love to see a standard, ARM-specified, virtualizable
> RNG that is abstracted from the HW.

Do you think we could use virtio-rng on top of a modified virtio-mmio
which instead of being backed by a hardware mailbox, could use hvc/smc
calls to signal writes to shared memory and get notifications via an
interrupt? This would also open up the doors to other virtio uses cases
beyond just RNG (e.g.: console, block devices?). If this is completely
stupid, then please disregard this comment.

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