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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 00/21] arm64: Rework cpu capabilities handling
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On 09/02/18 17:54, Suzuki K Poulose wrote:
> This series reworks the arm64 CPU capabilities handling (which
> manages the system features and errata). The current infrastructure
> doesn't allow fine control for handling different features or errata.
> There is one rule for features and another rule for errata.
>
> * Features are checked only once, after all the boot time CPUs are
> activated. Any new CPU that is brought up is prevented from booting
> if it misses a feature already established. If the new CPU has a
> feature not enabled already, it is allowed to boot.
>
> * Errata checks are performed on all the CPUs and any new CPU is
> OK to miss the capability. However if a late CPU requires a work around,
> then we fail the CPU.
>
> This doesn't always apply to some features. e.g, KPTI is a security
> feature which should be applied when at least one CPU needs it. So,
> the tests should be performed on all the booting CPUs individually.
> Also, if a CPU that needs this security feature is brought up later,
> when the system has not enabled it, the CPU can boot making the system
> insecure. Another exception is the hardware DBM for page tables. The
> kernel can safely run with a mix of CPUs that have the feature turned
> on and off. This again causes problem when a new CPU is brought up
> which may not have the feature, which is killed.
>
> Also there are other features like, GICV3 system register access,
> which now need to be enabled very early based on the boot CPU to
> allow the use of Priority handling to implement NMI.
>
> This calls for finer level of control per capability and the series
> implements the same by defining how to deal with a conflict of a
> given capability on a CPU with that of the system level state. It
> also consolidates the handling of features and errata into generic
> helpers. The table of features and errata are left as they are to
> allow easier look up for a given type.
>
> The series also gets rid of duplicate entries for a single capability
> by introducing a wrapper entry which takes care of managing a list
> of entries with distinct matches/enable pair.
>
> We also cleans up the MIDR range handling and cleans up some of the
> errata checks where the entries were duplicated for checking different
> CPU models. Finally it also implements a work around for Arm Cortex-A55
> erratum 1024718 based on the new infrastructure.
>
> Applies on arm64 for-next/core. The tree is available at :
>
> git://linux-arm.org/linux-skp.git cpu-cap-rework/v3

Apologies for the mess... obviously I messed up my folder.
If anyone needs the patches for testing, the branch above is sane.

Apologies..
Suzuki

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