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SubjectRe: [PATCH net-next v2 0/9] net: macsec: initial support for hardware offloading
Hi Antoine,

I have done a first read through of your patch and it looks good to me.

The only thing which confused me is all the references to Ocelot.

As far as I can see, this is a driver for the vsc8584 PHY in the Viper family.
The Ocelot confusion is properly because you are developing it on an Ocelot
board. But this is actually a modded board, the official PCB 120 and PCB123 has
a different pin compatible PHY without MACsec.

FYI: In the Viper family we have VSC8575, VSC8582, VSC8584, VSC8562 and VSC8564.

VSC8575, does not have MACsec, but all other does, and they are binary
compatible (it is the same die instantiated 2 or 4 times, with or without

I beleive it is only the commit comments which needs to be addressed.


The 08/08/2019 16:05, Antoine Tenart wrote:
> External E-Mail
> Hello,
> This series intends to add support for offloading MACsec transformations
> in hardware enabled devices. The series is divided in two parts: the
> first 6 patches add the infrastructure support to offload a MACsec
> configuration to hardware drivers; and the last 3 patches introduce the
> MACsec offloading support in the Microsemi Ocelot networking PHY, making
> it the first driver to support the MACsec hardware offloading feature.
> The series can also be found at:
> MACsec hardware offloading infrastructure
> -----------------------------------------
> Linux has a software implementation of the MACsec standard and so far no
> hardware offloading feature was developed and submitted. Some hardware
> engines can perform MACsec operations, such as the Intel ixgbe NIC and
> the Microsemi Ocelot PHY (the one we use in this series). This means the
> MACsec offloading infrastructure should support networking PHY and
> Ethernet drivers. A preliminary email[1] was sent about this.
> The main idea here is to re-use the logic and data structures of the
> software MACsec implementation. This allows not to duplicate definitions
> and structure storing the same kind of information. It also allows to
> use a unified genlink interface for both MACsec implementations (so that
> the same userspace tool, `ip macsec`, is used with the same arguments).
> The MACsec offloading support cannot be disabled if an interface
> supports it at the moment, but this could be implemented later on if
> this is a need (we could think of something like
> `ip macsec set macsec0 offloading off`).
> Because we do reuse the software implementation logic and because the
> choice was made to expose the exact same interface to the user, a
> virtual interface is created exactly as if the MACsec software
> implementation was used. This was a big question when doing this work,
> and another approach would have been to register the genl helpers for
> all MACsec implementations and to have the software one a provider (such
> as the h/w offloading device drivers are). This would mean there would
> be no way to switch between implementations in the future at runtime.
> I'm open to discuss this point as I think this is really important and
> I'm not sure what is the best solution here.
> The MACsec configuration is passed to device drivers supporting it
> through MACsec ops which are called (indirectly) from the MACsec
> genl helpers. This function calls the MACsec ops of PHY and Ethernet
> drivers in two steps: a preparation one, and a commit one. The first
> step is allowed to fail and should be used to check if a provided
> configuration is compatible with the features provided by a MACsec
> engine, while the second step is not allowed to fail and should only be
> used to enable a given MACsec configuration. Two extra calls are made:
> when a virtual MACsec interface is created and when it is deleted, so
> that the hardware driver can stay in sync.
> The Rx and TX handlers are modified to take in account the special case
> were the MACsec transformation happens in the hardware, whether in a PHY
> or in a MAC, as the packets seen by the networking stack on both the
> physical and MACsec virtual interface are exactly the same. This leads
> to some limitations: the hardware and software implementations can't be
> used on the same physical interface, as the policies would be impossible
> to fulfill (such as strict validation of the frames). Also only a single
> virtual MACsec interface can be attached to a physical port supporting
> hardware offloading as it would be impossible to guess onto which
> interface a given packet should go (for ingress traffic).
> Another limitation as of now is that the counters and statistics are not
> reported back from the hardware to the software MACsec implementation.
> This isn't an issue when using offloaded MACsec transformations, but it
> should be added in the future so that the MACsec state can be reported
> to the user (which would also improve the debug).
> [1]
> Microsemi Ocelot PHY MACsec support
> -----------------------------------
> In order to add support for the MACsec offloading feature in the
> Microsemi Ocelot driver, the __phy_read_page and __phy_write_page
> helpers had to be exported. This is because the initialization of the
> PHY is done while holding the MDIO bus lock, and we need to change the
> page to configure the MACsec block.
> The support itself is then added in two patches. The first one adds
> support for configuring the MACsec block within the PHY, so that it is
> up, running and available for future configuration, but is not doing any
> modification on the traffic passing through the PHY. The second patch
> implements the phy_device MACsec ops in the Microsemi Ocelot PHY driver,
> and introduce helpers to configure MACsec transformations and flows to
> match specific packets.
> Thanks!
> Antoine
> Since v1:
> - Reworked the MACsec offloading API, moving from a single helper
> called for all MACsec configuration operations, to a per-operation
> function that is provided by the underlying hardware drivers.
> - Those functions now contain a verb to describe the configuration
> action they're offloading.
> - Improved the error handling in the MACsec genl helpers to revert
> the configuration to its previous state when the offloading call
> failed.
> - Reworked the file inclusions.
> Antoine Tenart (9):
> net: introduce the MACSEC netdev feature
> net: macsec: move some definitions in a dedicated header
> net: macsec: introduce the macsec_context structure
> net: introduce MACsec ops and add a reference in net_device
> net: phy: add MACsec ops in phy_device
> net: macsec: hardware offloading infrastructure
> net: phy: export __phy_read_page/__phy_write_page
> net: phy: mscc: macsec initialization
> net: phy: mscc: macsec support
> drivers/net/macsec.c | 542 ++++++++++------
> drivers/net/phy/Kconfig | 2 +
> drivers/net/phy/mscc.c | 1024 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> drivers/net/phy/mscc_fc_buffer.h | 64 ++
> drivers/net/phy/mscc_mac.h | 159 +++++
> drivers/net/phy/mscc_macsec.h | 258 ++++++++
> drivers/net/phy/phy-core.c | 6 +-
> include/linux/netdev_features.h | 3 +
> include/linux/netdevice.h | 31 +
> include/linux/phy.h | 13 +
> include/net/macsec.h | 203 ++++++
> include/uapi/linux/if_macsec.h | 3 +-
> net/core/ethtool.c | 1 +
> 13 files changed, 2125 insertions(+), 184 deletions(-)
> create mode 100644 drivers/net/phy/mscc_fc_buffer.h
> create mode 100644 drivers/net/phy/mscc_mac.h
> create mode 100644 drivers/net/phy/mscc_macsec.h
> create mode 100644 include/net/macsec.h
> --
> 2.21.0


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