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Date:   Thu, 7 Jan 2021 16:55:14 -0800
From:   Steve Rutherford <srutherford@...gle.com>
To:     Ashish Kalra <ashish.kalra@....com>
Cc:     "Dr. David Alan Gilbert" <dgilbert@...hat.com>,
        "Singh, Brijesh" <brijesh.singh@....com>,
        Sean Christopherson <seanjc@...gle.com>,
        Paolo Bonzini <pbonzini@...hat.com>,
        Thomas Gleixner <tglx@...utronix.de>,
        Ingo Molnar <mingo@...hat.com>,
        "H. Peter Anvin" <hpa@...or.com>, Joerg Roedel <joro@...tes.org>,
        Borislav Petkov <bp@...e.de>,
        "Lendacky, Thomas" <Thomas.Lendacky@....com>,
        X86 ML <x86@...nel.org>, KVM list <kvm@...r.kernel.org>,
        LKML <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        "dovmurik@...ux.vnet.ibm.com" <dovmurik@...ux.vnet.ibm.com>,
        "tobin@....com" <tobin@....com>,
        "jejb@...ux.ibm.com" <jejb@...ux.ibm.com>,
        "frankeh@...ibm.com" <frankeh@...ibm.com>,
        "Grimm, Jon" <jon.grimm@....com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 1/9] KVM: x86: Add AMD SEV specific Hypercall3

On Thu, Jan 7, 2021 at 4:48 PM Ashish Kalra <ashish.kalra@....com> wrote:
>
> > On Thu, Jan 07, 2021 at 01:34:14AM +0000, Ashish Kalra wrote:
> > > Hello Steve,
> > >
> > > My thoughts here ...
> > >
> > > On Wed, Jan 06, 2021 at 05:01:33PM -0800, Steve Rutherford wrote:
> > > > Avoiding an rbtree for such a small (but unstable) list seems correct.
> > > >
> > >
> > > I agree.
> > >
> > > > For the unencrypted region list strategy, the only questions that I
> > > > have are fairly secondary.
> > > > - How should the kernel upper bound the size of the list in the face
> > > > of malicious guests, but still support large guests? (Something
> > > > similar to the size provided in the bitmap API would work).
> > > > - What serialization format should be used for the ioctl API?
> > > > (Usermode could send down a pointer to a user region and a size. The
> > > > kernel could then populate that with an array of structs containing
> > > > bases and limits for unencrypted regions.)
> > > > - How will the kernel tag a guest as having exceeded its maximum list
> > > > size, in order to indicate that the list is now incomplete? (Track a
> > > > poison bit, and send it up when getting the serialized list of
> > > > regions).
> > > >
> > > > In my view, there are two main competitors to this strategy:
> > > > - (Existing) Bitmap API
> > > > - A guest memory donation based model
> > > >
> > > > The existing bitmap API avoids any issues with growing too large,
> > > > since it's size is predictable.
> > > >
> > > > To elaborate on the memory donation based model, the guest could put
> > > > an encryption status data structure into unencrypted guest memory, and
> > > > then use a hypercall to inform the host where the base of that
> > > > structure is located. The main advantage of this is that it side steps
> > > > any issues around malicious guests causing large allocations.
> > > >
> > > > The unencrypted region list seems very practical. It's biggest
> > > > advantage over the bitmap is how cheap it will be to pass the
> > > > structure up from the kernel. A memory donation based model could
> > > > achieve similar performance, but with some additional complexity.
> > > >
> > > > Does anyone view the memory donation model as worth the complexity?
> > > > Does anyone think the simplicity of the bitmap is a better tradeoff
> > > > compared to an unencrypted region list?
> > >
> > > One advantage in sticking with the bitmap is that it maps very nicely to
> > > the dirty bitmap page tracking logic in KVM/Qemu. The way Brijesh
> > > designed and implemented it is very similar to dirty page bitmap tracking
> > > and syncing between KVM and Qemu. The same logic is re-used for the page
> > > encryption bitmap which means quite mininal changes and code resuse in
> > > Qemu.
> > >
> > > Any changes to the backing data structure, will require additional
> > > mapping logic to be added to Qemu.
> > >
> > > This is one advantage in keeping the bitmap logic.
> > >
>
> So if nobody is in favor of keeping the (current) bitmap logic, we will
> move to the unencrypted region list approach.
Sounds good to me.

>
> Thanks,
> Ashish

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