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SubjectRe: [PATCH 07/13] x86: Secure Launch kernel early boot stub
On Thu, Sep 24, 2020 at 10:58:35AM -0400, Ross Philipson wrote:
> The Secure Launch (SL) stub provides the entry point for Intel TXT (and
> later AMD SKINIT) to vector to during the late launch. The symbol
> sl_stub_entry is that entry point and its offset into the kernel is
> conveyed to the launching code using the MLE (Measured Launch
> Environment) header in the structure named mle_header. The offset of the
> MLE header is set in the kernel_info. The routine sl_stub contains the
> very early late launch setup code responsible for setting up the basic
> environment to allow the normal kernel startup_32 code to proceed. It is
> also responsible for properly waking and handling the APs on Intel
> platforms. The routine sl_main which runs after entering 64b mode is
> responsible for measuring configuration and module information before
> it is used like the boot params, the kernel command line, the TXT heap,
> an external initramfs, etc.
> Signed-off-by: Ross Philipson <>

Which version of the kernel is this based on?

> diff --git a/arch/x86/boot/compressed/head_64.S b/arch/x86/boot/compressed/head_64.S
> index 97d37f0..42043bf 100644
> --- a/arch/x86/boot/compressed/head_64.S
> +++ b/arch/x86/boot/compressed/head_64.S
> @@ -279,6 +279,21 @@ SYM_INNER_LABEL(efi32_pe_stub_entry, SYM_L_LOCAL)
> SYM_FUNC_END(efi32_stub_entry)
> #endif
> +SYM_FUNC_START(sl_stub_entry)
> + /*
> + * On entry, %ebx has the entry abs offset to sl_stub_entry. To
> + * find the beginning of where we are loaded, sub off from the
> + * beginning.
> + */

This requirement should be added to the documentation. Is it necessary
or can this stub just figure out the address the same way as the other
32-bit entry points, using the scratch space in bootparams as a little

> + leal (startup_32 - sl_stub_entry)(%ebx), %ebx
> +
> + /* More room to work in sl_stub in the text section */
> + jmp sl_stub
> +
> +SYM_FUNC_END(sl_stub_entry)
> +#endif
> +
> .code64
> .org 0x200
> SYM_CODE_START(startup_64)
> @@ -537,6 +552,25 @@ SYM_FUNC_START_LOCAL_NOALIGN(.Lrelocated)
> shrq $3, %rcx
> rep stosq
> + /*
> + * Have to do the final early sl stub work in 64b area.
> + *
> + * *********** NOTE ***********
> + *
> + * Several boot params get used before we get a chance to measure
> + * them in this call. This is a known issue and we currently don't
> + * have a solution. The scratch field doesn't matter and loadflags
> + * have KEEP_SEGMENTS set by the stub code. There is no obvious way
> + * to do anything about the use of kernel_alignment or init_size
> + * though these seem low risk.
> + */

There are various fields in bootparams that depend on where the
kernel/initrd and cmdline are loaded in memory. If the entire bootparams
page is getting measured, does that mean they all have to be at fixed
addresses on every boot?

Also KEEP_SEGMENTS support is gone from the kernel since v5.7, since it
was unused. startup_32 now always loads a GDT and then the segment
registers. I think this should be ok for you as the only thing the flag
used to do in the 64-bit kernel was to stop startup_32 from blindly
loading __BOOT_DS into the segment registers before it had setup its own

For the 32-bit assembler code that's being added, tip/master now has
changes that prevent the compressed kernel from having any runtime
relocations. You'll need to revise some of the code and the data
structures initial values to avoid creating relocations.


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