Add some assertions that if we're about to boot an AArch64 kernel,
the board code has not mistakenly set either secure_boot or
secure_board_setup. It doesn't make sense to set secure_boot,
because all AArch64 kernels must be booted in non-secure mode.

It might in theory make sense to set secure_board_setup, but
we don't currently support that, because only the AArch32
bootloader[] code calls this hook; bootloader_aarch64[] does not.
Since we don't have a current need for this functionality, just
assert that we don't try to use it. If it's needed we'll add
it later.

Signed-off-by: Peter Maydell <>
 hw/arm/boot.c | 7 +++++++
 1 file changed, 7 insertions(+)

diff --git a/hw/arm/boot.c b/hw/arm/boot.c
index 196c7fb242..e21a92f972 100644
--- a/hw/arm/boot.c
+++ b/hw/arm/boot.c
@@ -720,6 +720,13 @@ static void do_cpu_reset(void *opaque)
                     } else {
                         env->pstate = PSTATE_MODE_EL1h;
+                    /* AArch64 kernels never boot in secure mode */
+                    assert(!info->secure_boot);
+                    /* This hook is only supported for AArch32 currently:
+                     * bootloader_aarch64[] will not call the hook, and
+                     * the code above has already dropped us into EL2 or EL1.
+                     */
+                    assert(!info->secure_board_setup);
                 /* Set to non-secure if not a secure boot */

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