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SubjectRe: runtime check for omap-aes bus access permission (was: Re: 3.13-rc3 (commit 7ce93f3) breaks Nokia N900 DT boot)
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On Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 2:28 PM, Pali Rohár <pali.rohar@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wednesday 11 February 2015 16:22:51 Matthijs van Duin wrote:
>> On 11 February 2015 at 13:39, Pali Rohár <pali.rohar@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> >> Anyhow, since checking the firewalls/APs to see if you have
>> >> permission will probably only get you yet another fault if
>> >> things are walled off, the robust way of dealing with this
>> >> sort of situation is by probing the device with a read
>> >> while trapping bus faults. This also handles modules that
>> >> are unreachable for other reasons, e.g. being disabled by
>> >> eFuse.
>> >
>> > It is possible to patch kernel code to mask or ignore that
>> > fault? Can you help me with something like that?
>>
>> As I mentioned, I'm still learning my way around the kernel,
>> so I don't feel very comfortable suggesting a concrete patch
>> just yet. I've been browsing arch/arm/mm/ however and my
>> impression is that all that would be required is editing
>> fault.c by making a copy of do_bad but containing
>> return user_mode(regs) || !fixup_exception(regs);
>> and hook it onto the appropriate fault codes. However, this
>> really needs the opinion of someone more familiar with this
>> code.
>>
>> I do have an observation to make on the issue of fault
>> decoding: the list in fsr-2level.c may be "standard ARMv3 and
>> ARMv4 aborts" but they are quite wrong for ARMv7 which has:
>>
>> [ 0] -
>> [ 1] alignment fault
>> [ 2] debug event
>> [ 3] section access flag fault
>> [ 4] instruction cache maintainance fault (reported via data
>> abort) [ 5] section translation fault
>> [ 6] page access flag fault
>> [ 7] page translation fault
>> [ 8] bus error on access
>> [ 9] section domain fault
>> [10] -
>> [11] page domain fault
>> [12] bus error on section table walk
>> [13] section permission fault
>> [14] bus error on page table walk
>> [15] page permission fault
>> [16] (TLB conflict abort)
>> [17] -
>> [18] -
>> [19] -
>> [20] (lockdown abort)
>> [21] -
>> [22] async bus error (reported via data abort)
>> [23] -
>> [24] async parity/ECC error (reported via data abort)
>> [25] parity/ECC error on access
>> [26] (coprocessor abort)
>> [27] -
>> [28] parity/ECC error on section table walk
>> [29] -
>> [30] parity/ECC error on page table walk
>> [31] -
>>
>> Some entries are patched up near the bottom of fault.c but
>> many bogus messages remain, for example the "on linefetch" vs
>> "on non-linefetch" is misleading since no such thing can be
>> inferred from the fault status on v7. Also, the i-cache
>> maintenance fault handling looks wrong to me: it should fetch
>> the actual fault status from IFSR (even though the address
>> still comes from DFSR) and dispatch based on that.
>>
>> Async external aborts (async bus error and async parity/ECC
>> error) give you basically no info. DFAR will contain garbage
>> hence displaying it will confuse rather than enlighten, a
>> traceback is pointless since the instruction that caused the
>> access is long retired, likewise user_mode() doesn't matter
>> since a transition to kernel space may have happened after
>> the access that cause the abort. Basically they should be
>> treated more as an IRQ than as a fault (note they can also be
>> masked just like irqs). In case of a bus error, it may be
>> appropriate to just warn about it, or perhaps send a signal
>> to the current process, although in the latter case it should
>> have some means to distinguish it from a synchronous bus
>> error.
>>
>> At least on the cortex-a8, a parity/ECC error (whether async
>> or not) is to be regarded as absolutely fatal. Quoth the
>> TRM: "No recovery is possible. The abort handler must disable
>> the caches, communicate the fail directly with the external
>> system, request a reboot."
>>
>> Bit 10 no longer indicates an asynchronous (let alone
>> imprecise) fault. Apart from the debug events and async
>> aborts (and possibly some implementation-defined aborts), all
>> aborts listed are synchronous, and DFAR/IFAR is valid.
>> There's no technical obstruction to make these trappable via
>> the kernel exception handling mechanism. (Though at least in
>> case of parity/ECC errors one shouldn't.)
>
> Tony, Nishanth, or somebody else... can you help with memory
> management? Or do you know some expert for arch/arm/mm/ code?

Folks in linux-arm-kernel are probably the right people, I suppose.
Looping them in.

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Regards,
Nishanth Menon


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