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SubjectRe: [PATCH v7 00/23] arm64: Early CPU feature override, and applications to VHE, BTI and PAuth
Hi Will,

On 2021-02-08 14:32, Will Deacon wrote:
> Hi Marc,
> On Mon, Feb 08, 2021 at 09:57:09AM +0000, Marc Zyngier wrote:
>> It recently came to light that there is a need to be able to override
>> some CPU features very early on, before the kernel is fully up and
>> running. The reasons for this range from specific feature support
>> (such as using Protected KVM on VHE HW, which is the main motivation
>> for this work) to errata workaround (a feature is broken on a CPU and
>> needs to be turned off, or rather not enabled).
>> This series tries to offer a limited framework for this kind of
>> problems, by allowing a set of options to be passed on the
>> command-line and altering the feature set that the cpufeature
>> subsystem exposes to the rest of the kernel. Note that this doesn't
>> change anything for code that directly uses the CPU ID registers.
> I applied this locally, but I'm seeing consistent boot failure under
> QEMU when
> KASAN is enabled. I tried sprinkling some __no_sanitize_address
> annotations
> around (see below) but it didn't help. The culprit appears to be
> early_fdt_map(), but looking a bit more closely, I'm really nervous
> about the
> way we call into C functions from __primary_switched. Remember -- this
> code
> runs _twice_ when KASLR is active: before and after the randomization.
> This
> also means that any memory writes the first time around can be lost due
> to
> the D-cache invalidation when (re-)creating the kernel page-tables.

Well, we already call into C functions with KASLR, and nothing explodes
with that, so I must be doing something else wrong.

I do have cache maintenance for the writes to the shadow registers, so
part should be fine. But I think I'm missing some cache maintenance
the FDT base itself, and I wonder what happens when we go around the

I'll chase this down now.

Thanks for the heads up.

Jazz is not dead. It just smells funny...

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