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Subject[PATCH v3 00/10] iommu: Bounce page for untrusted devices
The Thunderbolt vulnerabilities are public and have a nice
name as Thunderclap [1] [3] nowadays. This patch series aims
to mitigate those concerns.

An external PCI device is a PCI peripheral device connected
to the system through an external bus, such as Thunderbolt.
What makes it different is that it can't be trusted to the
same degree as the devices build into the system. Generally,
a trusted PCIe device will DMA into the designated buffers
and not overrun or otherwise write outside the specified
bounds. But it's different for an external device.

The minimum IOMMU mapping granularity is one page (4k), so
for DMA transfers smaller than that a malicious PCIe device
can access the whole page of memory even if it does not
belong to the driver in question. This opens a possibility
for DMA attack. For more information about DMA attacks
imposed by an untrusted PCI/PCIe device, please refer to [2].

This implements bounce buffer for the untrusted external
devices. The transfers should be limited in isolated pages
so the IOMMU window does not cover memory outside of what
the driver expects. Full pages within a buffer could be
directly mapped in IOMMU page table, but for partial pages
we use bounce page instead.

The implementation of bounce buffers for untrusted devices
will cause a little performance overhead, but we didn't see
any user experience problems. The users could use the kernel
parameter defined in the IOMMU driver to remove the performance
overhead if they trust their devices enough.

The first part of this patch series (PATCH1/10 ~ 4/10) extends
the swiotlb APIs to support bounce buffer in page manner. The
second part (PATCH 5/10) introduce the APIs for bounce page:

* iommu_bounce_map(dev, addr, paddr, size, dir, attrs)
- Map a buffer start at DMA address @addr in bounce page
manner. For buffer parts that doesn't cross a whole
minimal IOMMU page, the bounce page policy is applied.
A bounce page mapped by swiotlb will be used as the DMA
target in the IOMMU page table. Otherwise, the physical
address @paddr is mapped instead.

* iommu_bounce_unmap(dev, addr, size, dir, attrs)
- Unmap the buffer mapped with iommu_bounce_map(). The bounce
page will be torn down after the bounced data get synced.

* iommu_bounce_sync_single(dev, addr, size, dir, target)
- Synce the bounced data in case the bounce mapped buffer is

The third part of this patch series (PATCH 6/10 ~ 10/10) uses
the bounce page APIs to map/unmap/sync DMA buffers for those
untrusted devices in Intel IOMMU driver.

The third part of this patch series depends on a patch set posted
here [4] for discussion. It delegates Intel IOMMU DMA domains to
the iommu generic layer.

The bounce page idea:
Based-on-idea-by: Mika Westerberg <>
Based-on-idea-by: Ashok Raj <>
Based-on-idea-by: Alan Cox <>
Based-on-idea-by: Kevin Tian <>

The patch series has been tested by:
Tested-by: Xu Pengfei <>
Tested-by: Mika Westerberg <>


Best regards,
Lu Baolu

Change log:
- The previous v2 was posed here:
- Reuse the existing swiotlb APIs for bounce buffer by
extending it to support bounce page.
- Move the bouce page APIs into iommu generic layer.
- This patch series is based on 5.1-rc1.

- The previous v1 was posted here:
- Refactor the code to remove struct bounce_param;
- During the v1 review cycle, we discussed the possibility
of reusing swiotlb code to avoid code dumplication, but
we found the swiotlb implementations are not ready for the
use of bounce page pool.
- This patch series has been rebased to v5.1-rc2.

Lu Baolu (10):
iommu: Add helper to get minimal page size of domain
swiotlb: Factor out slot allocation and free
swiotlb: Limit tlb address range inside slot pool
swiotlb: Extend swiotlb to support page bounce
iommu: Add bounce page APIs
iommu/vt-d: Add trace events for domain map/unmap
iommu/vt-d: Keep swiotlb on if bounce page is necessary
iommu/vt-d: Check whether device requires bounce buffer
iommu/vt-d: Add dma sync ops for untrusted devices
iommu/vt-d: Use bounce buffer for untrusted devices

.../admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt | 5 +
drivers/iommu/Kconfig | 15 +
drivers/iommu/Makefile | 1 +
drivers/iommu/intel-iommu.c | 276 ++++++++++++++----
drivers/iommu/intel-trace.c | 14 +
drivers/iommu/iommu.c | 275 +++++++++++++++++
include/linux/dma-mapping.h | 6 +
include/linux/iommu.h | 50 ++++
include/trace/events/intel_iommu.h | 132 +++++++++
kernel/dma/swiotlb.c | 117 ++++++--
10 files changed, 808 insertions(+), 83 deletions(-)
create mode 100644 drivers/iommu/intel-trace.c
create mode 100644 include/trace/events/intel_iommu.h


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