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Re: [PATCH v2] xen/arm64: Remove vreg_emulate_sysreg32

On 01/09/2021 10:38, Michal Orzel wrote:
Hi Julien,

Hi Michal,

On 06.08.2021 13:12, Julien Grall wrote:

On 29/07/2021 12:47, Michal Orzel wrote:
Hi Julien,

Hi Michal,

On 29.07.2021 13:20, Julien Grall wrote:
Hi Michal,

On 29/07/2021 11:42, Michal Orzel wrote:
According to ARMv8A architecture, AArch64 registers
are 64bit wide even though in many cases the upper
32bit is reserved. Therefore there is no need for
function vreg_emulate_sysreg32 on arm64. This means
that we can have just one function vreg_emulate_sysreg
using new function pointer:
typedef bool (*vreg_reg_fn_t)(struct cpu_user_regs *regs,
                                 register_t *r, bool read);

Modify vreg_emulate_cp32 to use the new function pointer
as well.

This change allows to properly use 64bit registers in AArch64
state and in case of AArch32 the upper 32 bits of AArch64
registers are inaccessible and are ignored(D1.20.1 ARM DDI 0487A.j).

What you wrote only says that the bits are ignored. It doesn't say whether the 
bits will be 0.

They are probably, but as I wrote yesterday, I couldn't confirm it.

Should I then remove this part of the commit or write below?:
"We can assume that those bits will be 0 but the architecture
reference manual does not clarify this."

There was some back and forth on security@xxxxxxx about this. I will 
summarizing the discussion here as we considered this was a just a bug.

I wasn't looking at the correct section in the Arm Arm. There is a paragraph 
clearly describing the expected behavior in a different section (thanks Ash for 
the pointer!). Per section D1.19.2 in DDI 0487F.c:

If the general-purpose register was accessible from AArch32 state

The upper 32 bits either become zero, or hold the value that the same 
architectural register held before any AArch32 execution. The choice between 
these two options is IMPLEMENTATION DEFINED, and might vary dynamically within 
an implementation. Correspondingly, software must
regard the value as being a CONSTRAINED UNPREDICTABLE choice between these two 

This behavior applies regardless of whether any execution occurred at the 
Exception level that was using AArch32. That is, this behavior applies even if 
AArch32 state was entered by an exception
return from AArch64 state, and another exception was immediately taken to 
AArch64 state without any instruction execution in AArch32 state.

So we can't assume the top 32-bits are zeroed unless the hypervisor ensured 
they were. Today, we don't have that guarantee in Xen.

This needs to be fixed. The two approachs we discussed are:
    1) Update set_user_reg() to zero the top 32-bit. We have a couple of places 
using directly the fields xN. So we would need to switch them to use set_user_reg()
    2) Only saving/restoring the bottom 32-bit when entering/leaving the 

At the moment, my preference goes towards the latter because we don't risk to 
introduce new place where set_user_reg() is not used.

I have quickly hack the entry path. This would look like:

diff --git a/xen/arch/arm/arm64/entry.S b/xen/arch/arm/arm64/entry.S
index fc3811ad0ad5..65e24c88b059 100644
--- a/xen/arch/arm/arm64/entry.S
+++ b/xen/arch/arm/arm64/entry.S
@@ -111,6 +111,11 @@
          .macro  entry, hyp, compat, save_x0_x1=1
          sub     sp, sp, #(UREGS_SPSR_el1 - UREGS_LR) /* CPSR, PC, SP, LR */
+        .if \compat == 1 /* AArch32 mode */
+        /* Clobber the top 32-bit of the registers */
+        mov    w0, w0
+        mov    w1, w1
+        .endif
          push    x28, x29
          push    x26, x27
          push    x24, x25

I haven't looked whether this can be optimized or the exit path would be easier 
to modify.

Anyway, this is not a new bug so I would be fine to get this patch merged 
first. Although, I think this wants to be fixed for xen 4.16 (CCing Ian to 
track it).

I will try to find sometimes in the next couple of weeks to fix it and have 
another review of this patch.

As the 4.16 release is getting closer I wanted to ask whether you need help 
with creating a pre-work patch so that this patch can be merged.

Sorry I haven't looked at the bug yet. I don't think the bug I reported necessarily needs to go first. This is not a new bug and AFAICT your patch is not going to make it worse than the current state.

Your patch needs to have an updated commit message summarizing what we discussed and a second review. No need to resend a patch for the updated commit message, this can be discussed here and updated on commit (I assuming there is no other comments).

I believe this patch wants to be merged for 4.16 as the other sysreg related 
patches are merged already, so I'm offering a help.

If you have spare time that would be great. There are a few bits I wanted to look other than the entry place: - The DOMCTL that update the context: I believe we may need to zero to top bits
  - hypercall continuation (see hypercall_create_continuation)
  - multicall

For 4.16, the entry (or exit) is probably going to be a good step. We can look at the rest for 4.17.


Julien Grall



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