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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mtd: spi-nor: intel-spi: Do not try to make the SPI flash chip writable
On Tue, Aug 4, 2020 at 11:26 PM Daniel Gutson <daniel@eclypsium.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 4, 2020 at 5:46 PM Arnd Bergmann <arnd@arndb.de> wrote:
> > > But wait, Mika, the author of the file, asked earlier not to remove
> > > the module parameter of intel-spi, and just remove the unconditional
> > > attempt to turn the chip writable in intle-spi-pci.
> >
> > Yes, and I think that is fine (aside from the inconsistency with bay trail
> > that you have not commented on),
>
> There are two inconsistencies before any of my patches:
> 1) in intel-spi.c: uses the module parameter only for bay trail.
> 2) intel-spi.c uses a module parameter whereas intel-spi-pci doesn't

Neither of these matches what I see in the source code. Please
check again.

Once more: intel-spi.c has a module parameter that controls writing
to the device regardless of the back-end (platform or pci), purely
in software. The hardware write-protect setting where available
works in addition that and prevents writing even if the module
parameter is set to writeable.

> > but that only touches the hardware
> > write-protection, which doesn't really have any effect unless user
> > space also configures the driver module to allow writing to the
> > mtd device.
> >
> > > So I'm not touching intel-pci, just removing that code from
> > > intel-spi-pci without adding a new module parameter.
> > >
> > > Are you aligned on this?
> >
> > One of us is still very confused about what the driver does.
> > You seem to have gone back to saying that without the
> > change a user could just write to the device even without
> > passing the module parameter to intel-spi.ko?
>
> What I'm trying to say is that, if the BIOS is unlocked
> (no driver involvement here), the intel-spi-pci turns the
> chip writable even without changing the module parameter of intel-spi.
> This is because the attempt to turn the chip writable occurs in
> the probing of intel-spi-pci, that is, earlier than the intel-spi
> initialization.

My question was why you even care whether the hardware
bit is set to writeable if the driver disallows writing. I think the
answer is that you misread the driver.

Arnd

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