[RFC PATCH] virtio_ring: Use DMA API if guest memory is encrypted

Thiago Jung Bauermann bauerman at linux.ibm.com
Tue Jul 16 06:29:06 AEST 2019

Michael S. Tsirkin <mst at redhat.com> writes:

> On Sun, Jul 14, 2019 at 02:51:18AM -0300, Thiago Jung Bauermann wrote:
>> Michael S. Tsirkin <mst at redhat.com> writes:
>> > So this is what I would call this option:
>> >
>> >
>> > and the explanation should state that all device
>> > addresses are translated by the platform to identical
>> > addresses.
>> >
>> > In fact this option then becomes more, not less restrictive
>> > than VIRTIO_F_ACCESS_PLATFORM - it's a promise
>> > by guest to only create identity mappings,
>> > and only before driver_ok is set.
>> > This option then would always be negotiated together with
>> >
>> > Host then must verify that
>> > 1. full 1:1 mappings are created before driver_ok
>> >     or can we make sure this happens before features_ok?
>> >     that would be ideal as we could require that features_ok fails
>> > 2. mappings are not modified between driver_ok and reset
>> >     i guess attempts to change them will fail -
>> >     possibly by causing a guest crash
>> >     or some other kind of platform-specific error
>> I think VIRTIO_F_ACCESS_PLATFORM_IDENTITY_ADDRESS is good, but requiring
>> it to be accompanied by ACCESS_PLATFORM can be a problem. One reason is
>> SLOF as I mentioned above, another is that we would be requiring all
>> guests running on the machine (secure guests or not, since we would use
>> the same configuration for all guests) to support it. But
>> ACCESS_PLATFORM is relatively recent so it's a bit early for that. For
>> instance, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (which is still supported) doesn't know about
>> it and wouldn't be able to use the device.
> OK and your target is to enable use with kernel drivers within
> guests, right?


> My question is, we are defining a new flag here, I guess old guests
> then do not set it. How does it help old guests? Or maybe it's
> not designed to ...

Indeed. The idea is that QEMU can offer the flag, old guests can reject
it (or even new guests can reject it, if they decide not to convert into
secure VMs) and the feature negotiation will succeed with the flag

Thiago Jung Bauermann
IBM Linux Technology Center

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