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SubjectRe: [PATCH v29 00/20] Intel SGX foundations
On Wed, Apr 29, 2020 at 08:23:29AM +0300, Jarkko Sakkinen wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 26, 2020 at 11:57:53AM -0500, Dr. Greg wrote:
> > On Wed, Apr 22, 2020 at 12:52:56AM +0300, Jarkko Sakkinen wrote:
> >
> > Good day, I hope the weekend is going well for everyone.
> >
> > > Intel(R) SGX is a set of CPU instructions that can be used by applications
> > > to set aside private regions of code and data. The code outside the enclave
> > > is disallowed to access the memory inside the enclave by the CPU access
> > > control.
> > >
> > > ... [ elided ] ..
> > >
> > > The current implementation requires that the firmware sets
> > > IA32_SGXLEPUBKEYHASH* MSRs as writable so that ultimately the kernel can
> > > decide what enclaves it wants run. The implementation does not create
> > > any bottlenecks to support read-only MSRs later on.
> >
> > It seems highly unlikely that a driver implementation with any type of
> > support for read-only launch control registers would ever get into the
> > kernel. All one needs to do is review the conversations that Matthew
> > Garrett's lockdown patches engender to get a sense of that, ie:
> >
> > https://lwn.net/Articles/818277/
>
> We do not require read-only MSRs.

Greg is pointing out the opposite, that supporting read-only MSRs is highly
unlikely to ever be supported in the mainline kernel.

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