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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mtd: spi-nor: intel-spi: Do not try to make the SPI flash chip writable
On Tue, Aug 18, 2020 at 12:55:59PM -0300, Daniel Gutson wrote:
> > If you care about other (malicious) code writing to the driver, please explain
> > what the specific attack scenario is that you are worried about, and
> > why you think
> > this is not sufficient. What code would be able to write to the device
> > if not the
> > device driver itself?
>
> Maybe Mika can answer this better, but what I'm trying to do is to
> limit the possibility of
> damage, as explained in the Kconfig:
> "Intel PCH/PCU SPI flash PCI driver (DANGEROUS)"
> "Say N here unless you know what you are doing. Overwriting the
> SPI flash may render the system unbootable."

Right, the PCI part of the driver unconditionally (and wrongly) tried to
set the chip writeable.

What this whole thing tries to protect is that the user does not
accidentally write to the flash chip. It contains BIOS and other
important firmware so touching it (if it is not locked in the BIOS side)
may potentially brick the system. That's why we also require that
command line parameter so the user who knows what he or she is doing can
enable it for writing.

Actually thinking about this bit more, to make PCI and the platform
parts consistent we can make the "writeable" control this for the PCI
part as well. So what if we add a callback to struct intel_spi_boardinfo
that the PCI driver populates and then the "core" driver uses to enable
writing when "writeable" is set to 1.

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