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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH] xen: arm: add missing flushing dcache to the copy to/clean guest functions

On 11/25/2013 04:33 PM, Ian Campbell wrote:
> On Mon, 2013-11-25 at 18:21 +0200, Oleksandr Dmytryshyn wrote:
> Thanks for the patch.
>> Without flushing dcache the hypervisor couldn't copy the device tree
>> correctly when booting the kernel dom0 Image (memory with device tree
>> is corrupted). As the result - when we try to load the kernel dom0
>> Image - dom0 hungs frequently. This issue is not reproduced with the
>> kernel dom0 zImage because the zImage decompressor code flushes all
>> dcache before starting the decompressed kernel Image. When the
>> hypervisor loads the kernel uImage or initrd, this memory region
>> isn't corrupted because the hypervisor code flushes the dcache.
> So if not then when/how is this reproduced?
> In general I would like to try and keep flushes out of this code path
> because they are used in the hypercall path, we have decreed that
> guest's must have caching enabled to make hypercalls (at least those
> which take in-memory arguments).
> I think the right fix is to do the flushes domain_build.c, similar to
> how kernel_zimage_load does it. This might need an opencoded version of
> copy_to_user. Or better, introduce a flushing variant which shares most
> code with the normal one via a common internal function.
> Or perhaps we should flush all of the new guest's RAM after building. I
> think Julien was looking at doing something along those lines for the
> domU building case.

I was planning to handle only domU, but the issue can also happen with
dom0 (which is finally a guest as another :)).

The main reason behind the both issues is because Linux is starting with
cache disabled. So if Xen/Dom0 are copying data in a guest, some data
can stay in the cache for a while. In this case the guest will see
corrupted data.

Flushing all the new RAM seems a bit complicated and slow (AFAIK, you
can only flush data cache page by page). I would stay on a similar
solution and check if the guest is already running or not.

Ian, what do you think?

Julien Grall

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