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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH] virtio_ring: Use DMA API if guest memory is encrypted
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Michael S. Tsirkin <mst@redhat.com> writes:

> On Mon, Jul 15, 2019 at 05:29:06PM -0300, Thiago Jung Bauermann wrote:
>>
>> Michael S. Tsirkin <mst@redhat.com> writes:
>>
>> > On Sun, Jul 14, 2019 at 02:51:18AM -0300, Thiago Jung Bauermann wrote:
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> Michael S. Tsirkin <mst@redhat.com> writes:
>> >>
>> >> > So this is what I would call this option:
>> >> >
>> >> > VIRTIO_F_ACCESS_PLATFORM_IDENTITY_ADDRESS
>> >> >
>> >> > and the explanation should state that all device
>> >> > addresses are translated by the platform to identical
>> >> > addresses.
>> >> >
>> >> > In fact this option then becomes more, not less restrictive
>> >> > than VIRTIO_F_ACCESS_PLATFORM - it's a promise
>> >> > by guest to only create identity mappings,
>> >> > and only before driver_ok is set.
>> >> > This option then would always be negotiated together with
>> >> > VIRTIO_F_ACCESS_PLATFORM.
>> >> >
>> >> > Host then must verify that
>> >> > 1. full 1:1 mappings are created before driver_ok
>> >> > or can we make sure this happens before features_ok?
>> >> > that would be ideal as we could require that features_ok fails
>> >> > 2. mappings are not modified between driver_ok and reset
>> >> > i guess attempts to change them will fail -
>> >> > possibly by causing a guest crash
>> >> > or some other kind of platform-specific error
>> >>
>> >> I think VIRTIO_F_ACCESS_PLATFORM_IDENTITY_ADDRESS is good, but requiring
>> >> it to be accompanied by ACCESS_PLATFORM can be a problem. One reason is
>> >> SLOF as I mentioned above, another is that we would be requiring all
>> >> guests running on the machine (secure guests or not, since we would use
>> >> the same configuration for all guests) to support it. But
>> >> ACCESS_PLATFORM is relatively recent so it's a bit early for that. For
>> >> instance, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (which is still supported) doesn't know about
>> >> it and wouldn't be able to use the device.
>> >
>> > OK and your target is to enable use with kernel drivers within
>> > guests, right?
>>
>> Right.
>>
>> > My question is, we are defining a new flag here, I guess old guests
>> > then do not set it. How does it help old guests? Or maybe it's
>> > not designed to ...
>>
>> Indeed. The idea is that QEMU can offer the flag, old guests can reject
>> it (or even new guests can reject it, if they decide not to convert into
>> secure VMs) and the feature negotiation will succeed with the flag
>> unset.
>
> OK. And then what does QEMU do? Assume guest is not encrypted I guess?

There's nothing different that QEMU needs to do, with or without the
flag. the perspective of the host, a secure guest and a regular guest
work the same way with respect to virtio.

--
Thiago Jung Bauermann
IBM Linux Technology Center

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