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From: Ram Pai <linuxram@us.ibm.com>
To: David Gibson <david@gibson.dropbear.id.au>
Cc: andmike@us.ibm.com, mst@redhat.com, aik@ozlabs.ru,
	mdroth@linux.vnet.ibm.com, linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org,
	ram.n.pai@gmail.com, cai@lca.pw, tglx@linutronix.de,
	sukadev@linux.vnet.ibm.com, linuxppc-dev@lists.ozlabs.org,
	hch@lst.de, bauerman@linux.ibm.com
Subject: RE: [RFC v2 1/2] powerpc/pseries/iommu: Share the per-cpu TCE page with the hypervisor.
Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2019 17:15:30 -0800
Message-ID: <20191112011530.GC5159@oc0525413822.ibm.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20191110194006.GQ2461@umbus.Home>

On Sun, Nov 10, 2019 at 07:40:06PM +0000, David Gibson wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 08, 2019 at 03:00:10PM -0800, Ram Pai wrote:
> > The hypervisor needs to access the contents of the page holding the TCE
> > entries while setting up the TCE entries in the IOMMU's TCE table.
> > 
> > For SecureVMs, since this page is encrypted, the hypervisor cannot
> > access valid entries. Share the page with the hypervisor. This ensures
> > that the hypervisor sees those valid entries.
> > 
> > Why is this safe?
> >    The page contains only TCE entries; not any sensitive data
> >    belonging to the Secure VM. The hypervisor has a genuine need to know
> >    the value of the TCE entries, without which it will not be able to
> >    DMA to/from the pages pointed to by the TCE entries. In a Secure
> >    VM the TCE entries point to pages that are also shared with the
> >    hypervisor; example: pages containing bounce buffers.
> 
> The bit that may not be obvious to reviewers from the above is this:
> 
> This is *not* a page of "live" TCEs which are actively used for
> translation.  Instead this is just a transient buffer with a batch of
> TCEs to set, passed to the hypervisor with the H_PUT_TCE_INDIRECT call.


That is true.  I should have stated that explicitly. Thanks. will
update the commit log.


RP


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Thread overview: 5+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-11-08 23:00 [RFC v2 0/2] Enable IOMMU support for pseries Secure VMs Ram Pai
2019-11-08 23:00 ` [RFC v2 1/2] powerpc/pseries/iommu: Share the per-cpu TCE page with the hypervisor Ram Pai
2019-11-08 23:00   ` [RFC v2 2/2] powerpc/pseries/iommu: Use dma_iommu_ops for Secure VMs aswell Ram Pai
2019-11-10 19:40   ` [RFC v2 1/2] powerpc/pseries/iommu: Share the per-cpu TCE page with the hypervisor David Gibson
2019-11-12  1:15     ` Ram Pai [this message]

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