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SubjectRe: [PATCH v28 21/22] x86/vdso: Implement a vDSO for Intel SGX enclave call
On 2020-03-16 14:57, Nathaniel McCallum wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 16, 2020 at 9:32 AM Jethro Beekman <> wrote:
>> On 2020-03-15 18:53, Nathaniel McCallum wrote:
>>> On Sat, Mar 14, 2020 at 9:25 PM Jarkko Sakkinen
>>> <> wrote:
>>>> On Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 01:30:07PM -0400, Nathaniel McCallum wrote:
>>>>> Currently, the selftest has a wrapper around
>>>>> __vdso_sgx_enter_enclave() which preserves all x86-64 ABI callee-saved
>>>>> registers (CSRs), though it uses none of them. Then it calls this
>>>>> function which uses %rbx but preserves none of the CSRs. Then it jumps
>>>>> into an enclave which zeroes all these registers before returning.
>>>>> Thus:
>>>>> 1. wrapper saves all CSRs
>>>>> 2. wrapper repositions stack arguments
>>>>> 3. __vdso_sgx_enter_enclave() modifies, but does not save %rbx
>>>>> 4. selftest zeros all CSRs
>>>>> 5. wrapper loads all CSRs
>>>>> I'd like to propose instead that the enclave be responsible for saving
>>>>> and restoring CSRs. So instead of the above we have:
>>>>> 1. __vdso_sgx_enter_enclave() saves %rbx
>>>>> 2. enclave saves CSRs
>>>>> 3. enclave loads CSRs
>>>>> 4. __vdso_sgx_enter_enclave() loads %rbx
>>>>> I know that lots of other stuff happens during enclave transitions,
>>>>> but at the very least we could reduce the number of instructions
>>>>> through this critical path.
>>>> What Jethro said and also that it is a good general principle to cut
>>>> down the semantics of any vdso as minimal as possible.
>>>> I.e. even if saving RBX would make somehow sense it *can* be left
>>>> out without loss in terms of what can be done with the vDSO.
>>> Please read the rest of the thread. Sean and I have hammered out some
>>> sensible and effective changes.
>> I'm not sure they're sensible? By departing from the ENCLU calling convention, both the VDSO
>> and the wrapper become more complicated.
> For the vDSO, only marginally. I'm counting +4,-2 instructions in my
> suggestions. For the wrapper, things become significantly simpler.
>> The wrapper because now it needs to implement all
>> kinds of logic for different behavior depending on whether the VDSO is or isn't available.
> When isn't the vDSO available?

When you're not on Linux. Or when you're on an old kernel.

Jethro Beekman | Fortanix

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