Hi Lokesh,

On 13/03/18 13:38, Lokesh Vutla wrote:
> Hi All,
> On Wednesday 11 October 2017 03:11 PM, Punit Agrawal wrote:
>> The kernel crashes while iterating over a redistributor that is
>> in-correctly sized by the platform firmware or doesn't contain the last
>> record.
>> Prevent the crash by checking accesses against the size of the region
>> provided by the firmware. While we are at it, warn the user about
>> incorrect region size.
>> Signed-off-by: Punit Agrawal <punit.agra...@arm.com>
>> Cc: Marc Zyngier <marc.zyng...@arm.com>
> Sorry to bring up an old thread. Just wanted to check what is the status
> on this series.

So far, I wasn't inclined to merge it, as it only allowed you to detect
a broken system, as opposed to help with a working one.

> This will also be useful when we try to boot linux + hypervisor with
> less number of cores than the SoC supports. For example:
> - SoC has 4 cores and Linux tries to boot with 2 cores.
> - then a type-2 hypervisor gets installed.
> - Hypervisor tries to boot a VM with linux on core 1.
> Now the VM boot will fail while it iterates over all the GICR regions
> till GICR_TYPER is found. Hypervisor will trap any accesses to GICR
> regions of any invalid cpus(cpu 2, cpu 3 in this case).

It you're passing the redistributors to a guest, you're doing something
terribly wrong. You're putting the guest in a position to do a DoS on
the hypervisor (disabling its timer interrupt, for example). Not the
greatest move. There is a number of other gotchas with this approach
(virtual interrupts, distributor virtualization...).

> If the $patch is not the right approach, can you suggest on how to
> handle the above scenario?

The proper way to handle this is to virtualize the distributor and
redistributor by trap/emulate. The only thing you can safely pass to a
guest is the CPU interface, either as system registers or in its MMIO
form (if you have the GICv2 compatibility interface).


Jazz is not dead. It just smells funny...

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