lists  /  announce  owl-users  owl-dev  john-users  john-dev  passwdqc-users  yescrypt  popa3d-users  /  oss-security  kernel-hardening  musl  sabotage  tlsify  passwords  /  crypt-dev  xvendor  /  Bugtraq  Full-Disclosure  linux-kernel  linux-netdev  linux-ext4  linux-hardening  PHC 
Open Source and information security mailing list archives
Hash Suite: Windows password security audit tool. GUI, reports in PDF.
[<prev] [next>] [<thread-prev] [thread-next>] [day] [month] [year] [list]
Date:   Wed, 30 Aug 2017 11:31:06 -0400
From:   Sinan Kaya <>
To:     Borislav Petkov <>
Cc:     "Baicar, Tyler" <>,
        Tony Luck <>,,,,,,,,,,,
        Linux PCI <>,
        Huang Ying <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] acpi: apei: call into AER handling regardless of severity

On 8/30/2017 11:16 AM, Borislav Petkov wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 10:05:44AM -0400, Sinan Kaya wrote:
>> Link reset is not the only recovery mechanism. In the case of nonfatal
>> errors, it is assumed that the endpoint CSR is still reachable.
>> Error is propagated the PCIe endpoint driver. Endpoint driver does a
>> re-initialization, we are back in business.
> I'm assuming that's broadcast_error_message()'s job.

That's right. Each driver provides an err_handler hook. broadcast function
calls these. 

static struct pci_driver e1000_driver = {
	.err_handler = &e1000_err_handler

struct pci_error_handlers {
	pci_ers_result_t (*error_detected)(struct pci_dev *dev,
					   enum pci_channel_state error);

>> That's not true. The GHES code is changing the severity here before posting
>> to the AER driver in ghes_do_proc().
>> 	if (gdata->flags & CPER_SEC_RESET)
>> 		aer_severity = AER_FATAL;
> You're missing the point that we would walk into that if branch *only* for
>                         if (sev == GHES_SEV_RECOVERABLE &&
>                             sec_sev == GHES_SEV_RECOVERABLE
> severities. So if you have an AER_FATAL error but ghes severities are
> not GHES_SEV_RECOVERABLE, nothing happens.

I see. We should probably try to do something only if GHES_SEV_CORRECTED or

If somebody wants to crash the system with GHES_SEV_PANIC, there is no point
in doing additional work.

>> No, AER ISR is not set up if firmware first is enabled.
> So then this is a major suckage. We do AER recovery on FF systems only
> for GHES_SEV_RECOVERABLE severity.
>> The behavior should match non firmware-first case ideally.
>> 1. Print all correctable errors.
>> 2. Go to do_recovery for all uncorrectable errors including fatal and
>> non-fatal. 
>> This is also what AER driver does in the absence of firmware first via
>> handle_error_source().
> Yes, that makes sense.
> Which would mean that we'd call aer_recover_queue() regardless of GHES
> severity but we'd do recovery only if GHES_SEV_RECOVERABLE is set
> or CPER_SEC_RESET. I.e., we can communicate all that by setting the
> correct AER severity before calling aer_recover_queue(). And then call
> do_recovery() based on AER severity.
> Hmmm?

Sounds good. Do you still want to do PCIe recovery in the case of
GHES_SEV_PANIC or if some FW returns GHES_SEV_NO?

Sinan Kaya
Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies, Inc. as an affiliate of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. is a member of the Code Aurora Forum, a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project.

Powered by blists - more mailing lists