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Date:   Fri, 24 Jun 2022 14:29:30 +0100
From:   Will Deacon <will@...nel.org>
To:     Ard Biesheuvel <ardb@...nel.org>
Cc:     Linux ARM <linux-arm-kernel@...ts.infradead.org>,
        linux-hardening@...r.kernel.org, Marc Zyngier <maz@...nel.org>,
        Mark Rutland <mark.rutland@....com>,
        Kees Cook <keescook@...omium.org>,
        Catalin Marinas <catalin.marinas@....com>,
        Mark Brown <broonie@...nel.org>,
        Anshuman Khandual <anshuman.khandual@....com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v4 17/26] arm64: head: populate kernel page tables with
 MMU and caches on

On Fri, Jun 24, 2022 at 03:07:44PM +0200, Ard Biesheuvel wrote:
> On Fri, 24 Jun 2022 at 14:56, Will Deacon <will@...nel.org> wrote:
> >
> > On Mon, Jun 13, 2022 at 04:45:41PM +0200, Ard Biesheuvel wrote:
> > > Now that we can access the entire kernel image via the ID map, we can
> > > execute the page table population code with the MMU and caches enabled.
> > > The only thing we need to ensure is that translations via TTBR1 remain
> > > disabled while we are updating the page tables the second time around,
> > > in case KASLR wants them to be randomized.
> > >
> > > Signed-off-by: Ard Biesheuvel <ardb@...nel.org>
> > > ---
> > >  arch/arm64/kernel/head.S | 62 +++++---------------
> > >  1 file changed, 16 insertions(+), 46 deletions(-)

[...]

> > > @@ -886,9 +857,8 @@ SYM_FUNC_START_LOCAL(__primary_switch)
> > >        * to take into account by discarding the current kernel mapping and
> > >        * creating a new one.
> > >        */
> > > -     pre_disable_mmu_workaround
> > > -     msr     sctlr_el1, x20                  // disable the MMU
> > > -     isb
> > > +     adrp    x1, reserved_pg_dir             // Disable translations via TTBR1
> > > +     load_ttbr1 x1, x1, x2
> >
> > I'd have thought we'd need some TLB maintenance here... is that not the
> > case?
> >
> 
> You mean at this particular point? We are running from the ID map with
> TTBR1 translations disabled. We clear the page tables, repopulate
> them, and perform a TLBI VMALLE1.
> 
> So are you saying repopulating the page tables while translations are
> disabled needs to occur only after doing TLB maintenance?

I'm thinking about walk cache entries from the previous page-table, which
would make the reserved_pg_dir ineffective. However, if we're clearing the
page-table anyway, I'm not even sure why we need reserved_pg_dir at all!

> > Also, it might be a tiny bit easier to clear EPD1 instead of using the
> > reserved_pg_dir.
> >
> 
> Right. So is there any reason in particular why it would be
> appropriate here but not anywhere else? IOW, why do we have
> reserved_pg_dir in the first place if we can just flick EPD1 on and
> off?

I think using a reserved (all zeroes) page-table makes sense when it
has its own ASID, as you can switch to/from it without TLB invalidation,
but that doesn't seem to be the case here. Anyway, no strong preference,
I just thought it might simplify things a bit.

Will

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