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Re: [for-4.15][PATCH v2 1/5] xen/x86: p2m: Don't map the special pages in the IOMMU page-tables

On 09.02.2021 16:28, Julien Grall wrote:
> From: Julien Grall <jgrall@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Currently, the IOMMU page-tables will be populated early in the domain
> creation if the hardware is able to virtualize the local APIC. However,
> the IOMMU page tables will not be freed during early failure and will
> result to a leak.
> An assigned device should not need to DMA into the vLAPIC page, so we
> can avoid to map the page in the IOMMU page-tables.

Here and below, may I ask that you use the correct term "APIC
access page", as there are other pages involved in vLAPIC
handling (in particular the virtual APIC page, which is where
accesses actually go to that translate to the APIC access page
in EPT).

> This statement is also true for any special pages (the vLAPIC page is
> one of them). So to take the opportunity to prevent the mapping for all
> of them.

I probably should have realized this earlier, but there is a
downside to this: A guest wanting to core dump itself may want
to dump e.g. shared info and vcpu info pages. Hence ...

> --- a/xen/include/asm-x86/p2m.h
> +++ b/xen/include/asm-x86/p2m.h
> @@ -919,6 +919,10 @@ static inline unsigned int 
> p2m_get_iommu_flags(p2m_type_t p2mt, mfn_t mfn)
>  {
>      unsigned int flags;
> +    /* Don't map special pages in the IOMMU page-tables. */
> +    if ( mfn_valid(mfn) && is_special_page(mfn_to_page(mfn)) )
> +        return 0;

... instead of is_special_page() I think you want to limit the
check here to seeing whether PGC_extra is set.

But as said on irc, since this crude way of setting up the APIC
access page is now firmly a problem, I intend to try to redo it.
I can't tell yet whether this will still take a PGC_extra page
of some form (nor if my plans will work out in the first place).
Irrespective of this I think we indeed want to exclude PGC_extra
pages from getting mapped. However, the APIC access page is, I
think, an outlier here - we wouldn't insert other PGC_extra
pages into the p2m, so for all other cases the above addition
would be effectively dead code.




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