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Date:   Mon, 11 Feb 2019 17:15:45 +0100
From:   AngeloGioacchino Del Regno <kholk11@...il.com>
To:     Marc Zyngier <marc.zyngier@....com>,
        Will Deacon <will.deacon@....com>
Cc:     Jens Axboe <axboe@...nel.dk>,
        Catalin Marinas <catalin.marinas@....com>,
        linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, linux-arm-kernel@...ts.infradead.org,
        linux-arm-msm@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH] arm64/io: Don't use WZR in writel

Il giorno lun, 11/02/2019 alle 14.59 +0000, Marc Zyngier ha scritto:
> On 11/02/2019 14:29, AngeloGioacchino Del Regno wrote:
> 
> [...]
> 
> > Also, just one more thing: yes this thing is going ARM64-wide and
> > - from my findings - it's targeting certain Qualcomm SoCs, but...
> > I'm not sure that only QC is affected by that, others may as well
> > have the same stupid bug.
> > 
> 
> At the moment, only QC SoCs seem to be affected, probably because
> everyone else has debugged their hypervisor (or most likely doesn't
> bother with shipping one).
> 

Between all the ARM SoCs, as far as I know, the only (?) ones using
actual "smartphones", so actually provisioned SoCs, for upstream
development are using Qualcomm SoCs.. of which, some development
boards are not entirely security enabled, or have got newer firmwares
which can't be used on production phones etc, so.. that's why I said
that I'm not sure that only QC is affected.
It's just relative to what we currently know, but looking at, for
example, MediaTek, I'm not sure that the only bugged hypervisor is on
QC (because MTK is very similar on certain aspects).
I mean, it's highly possible that some other is affected and we don't
know (and we possibly don't care...).

> In all honesty, we need some information from QC here: which SoCs are
> affected, what is the exact nature of the bug, can it be triggered
> from

It'd be wonderful if Qualcomm gives us some information about that.
Would really be helpful and nice from them.

> EL0. Randomly papering over symptoms is not something I really like
> doing, and is likely to generate problems on unaffected systems.
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> 	M.

I also don't like "randomly papering over symptoms", I totally agree
with you on that... but this change potentially generating problems on
unaffected systems is something I don't really agree on: this is a
partial revert of a commit that was done purely to introduce some
vmlinux (relatively small) size saving on ARM64 and no other reason
(as far as I can read on the original commit), so I really don't think
that my partial revert could ever harm anything.
Though, this is a personal opinion, I can be right, but I can obviously
be totally wrong on that.

Though I have to make this clear: if there's another (better/cleaner)
solution to this issue, I'd be totally happy (and, of course, curious
too) to see it!

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