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Date:   Wed, 13 May 2020 09:59:28 -0700
From:   Eric Biggers <>
To:     Satya Tangirala <>
        Barani Muthukumaran <>,
        Kuohong Wang <>,
        Kim Boojin <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v12 02/12] block: Keyslot Manager for Inline Encryption

On Thu, Apr 30, 2020 at 11:59:49AM +0000, Satya Tangirala wrote:
> Inline Encryption hardware allows software to specify an encryption context
> (an encryption key, crypto algorithm, data unit num, data unit size) along
> with a data transfer request to a storage device, and the inline encryption
> hardware will use that context to en/decrypt the data. The inline
> encryption hardware is part of the storage device, and it conceptually sits
> on the data path between system memory and the storage device.
> Inline Encryption hardware implementations often function around the
> concept of "keyslots". These implementations often have a limited number
> of "keyslots", each of which can hold a key (we say that a key can be
> "programmed" into a keyslot). Requests made to the storage device may have
> a keyslot and a data unit number associated with them, and the inline
> encryption hardware will en/decrypt the data in the requests using the key
> programmed into that associated keyslot and the data unit number specified
> with the request.
> As keyslots are limited, and programming keys may be expensive in many
> implementations, and multiple requests may use exactly the same encryption
> contexts, we introduce a Keyslot Manager to efficiently manage keyslots.
> We also introduce a blk_crypto_key, which will represent the key that's
> programmed into keyslots managed by keyslot managers. The keyslot manager
> also functions as the interface that upper layers will use to program keys
> into inline encryption hardware. For more information on the Keyslot
> Manager, refer to documentation found in block/keyslot-manager.c and
> linux/keyslot-manager.h.
> Co-developed-by: Eric Biggers <>
> Signed-off-by: Eric Biggers <>
> Signed-off-by: Satya Tangirala <>

Looks good.  This already has my Co-developed-by, but if needed you can also add

    Reviewed-by: Eric Biggers <>

A couple comments below for when you resend:

> +++ b/block/keyslot-manager.c
> @@ -0,0 +1,378 @@
> +// SPDX-License-Identifier: GPL-2.0
> +/*
> + * Copyright 2019 Google LLC
> + */
> +
> +/**
> + * DOC: The Keyslot Manager
> + *
> + * Many devices with inline encryption support have a limited number of "slots"
> + * into which encryption contexts may be programmed, and requests can be tagged
> + * with a slot number to specify the key to use for en/decryption.
> + *
> + * As the number of slots are limited, and programming keys is expensive on

"are limited" => "is limited".

> +/**
> + * struct blk_crypto_key - an inline encryption key
> + * @crypto_cfg: the crypto configuration (like crypto_mode, key size) for this
> + *		key
> + * @data_unit_size_bits: log2 of data_unit_size
> + * @size: size of this key in bytes (determined by @crypto_cfg.crypto_mode)
> + * @raw: the raw bytes of this key.  Only the first @size bytes are used.
> + *
> + * A blk_crypto_key is immutable once created, and many bios can reference it at
> + * the same time.  It must not be freed until all bios using it have completed.
> + */

Since eviction is now mandatory, the last sentence should be something like:

"It must not be freed until all bios using it have completed and it has been
evicted from all devices on which it may have been used."

- Eric

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