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SubjectRe: [PATCH v7 9/10] KVM: arm64: docs: document KVM support of pointer authentication
Hi Dave,

On 3/27/19 7:20 PM, Dave Martin wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 27, 2019 at 05:19:28PM +0530, Amit Daniel Kachhap wrote:
>> Hi,
>> On 3/27/19 4:14 PM, Dave Martin wrote:
>>> On Mon, Mar 25, 2019 at 08:05:49PM +0000, Kristina Martsenko wrote:
>>>> On 19/03/2019 08:30, Amit Daniel Kachhap wrote:
>>>>> This adds sections for KVM API extension for pointer authentication.
>>>>> A brief description about usage of pointer authentication for KVM guests
>>>>> is added in the arm64 documentations.
>>>>> Signed-off-by: Amit Daniel Kachhap <>
>>>>> Cc: Mark Rutland <>
>>>>> Cc: Christoffer Dall <>
>>>>> Cc: Marc Zyngier <>
>>>>> Cc:
>>>> I think it makes sense to also update the Kconfig symbol description for
>>>> CONFIG_ARM64_PTR_AUTH, since it currently only mentions userspace
>>>> support, but now the option also enables KVM guest support.
>>>> It's also worth mentioning that CONFIG_ARM64_VHE=y is required for guest
>>>> support.
>>> Is it worth making this dependency explicit in Kconfig?
>> Currently there is discrepancy that userspace supports ptrauth in both
>> nVHE/VHE mode and KVM guest only in VHE mode. I suppose adding explicit
>> dependency flag here makes both of them similar.
> Looking at the history, for SVE this Kconfig restriction has always been
> present. Since ptrauth initially upstreamed without an equivalent
> restriction in Kconfig, adding it now could be seen as a regression.
ok it makes sense to keep it this way.
> So, maybe it's not worth it here.
> You could add a separate option, say
> config ARM64_PTR_AUTH_KVM
> bool "Pointer authentication support for KVM guests"
> default y
> depends on ARM64_PTR_AUTH && ARM64_VHE && KVM
> ...but that may be overkill.
I was thinking for adding some details for this in virtualization
section in Documentation/arm64/pointer-authentication.txt along with
brief comment in arch/arm64/Kconfig.

Amit D
> Cheers,
> ---Dave

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