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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 4/6] iommu: Move IOMMU pagesize check to attach_device
On 10/21/21 4:10 PM, Marc Zyngier wrote:
> On Thu, 21 Oct 2021 03:22:30 +0100,
> Lu Baolu <> wrote:
>> On 10/20/21 10:22 PM, Marc Zyngier wrote:
>>> On Wed, 20 Oct 2021 06:21:44 +0100,
>>> Lu Baolu <> wrote:
>>>> On 2021/10/20 0:37, Sven Peter via iommu wrote:
>>>>> + /*
>>>>> + * Check that CPU pages can be represented by the IOVA granularity.
>>>>> + * This has to be done after ops->attach_dev since many IOMMU drivers
>>>>> + * only limit domain->pgsize_bitmap after having attached the first
>>>>> + * device.
>>>>> + */
>>>>> + ret = iommu_check_page_size(domain);
>>>>> + if (ret) {
>>>>> + __iommu_detach_device(domain, dev);
>>>>> + return ret;
>>>>> + }
>>>> It looks odd. __iommu_attach_device() attaches an I/O page table for a
>>>> device. How does it relate to CPU pages? Why is it a failure case if CPU
>>>> page size is not covered?
>>> If you allocate a CPU PAGE_SIZE'd region, and point it at a device
>>> that now can DMA to more than what you have allocated because the
>>> IOMMU's own page size is larger, the device has now access to data it
>>> shouldn't see. In my book, that's a pretty bad thing.
>> But even you enforce the CPU page size check here, this problem still
>> exists unless all DMA buffers are PAGE_SIZE aligned and sized, right?
> Let me take a CPU analogy: you have a page that contains some user
> data *and* a kernel secret. How do you map this page into userspace
> without leaking the kernel secret?
> PAGE_SIZE allocations are the unit of isolation, and this applies to
> both CPU and IOMMU. If you have allocated a DMA buffer that is less
> than a page, you then have to resort to bounce buffering, or accept
> that your data isn't safe.

I can understand the problems when IOMMU page sizes is larger than CPU
page size. But the code itself is not clean. The vendor iommu drivers
know more hardware details than the iommu core. It looks odd that the
vendor iommu says "okay, I can attach this I/O page table to the
device", but the iommu core says "no, you can't" and rolls everything

Best regards,

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