[for_v21] docs: x86/sgx: Add a blurb on basic EPC management to 'kernel internals'
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Sean Christopherson July 11, 2019, 9:44 p.m. UTC
Add a section on how EPC is managed and why.

Signed-off-by: Sean Christopherson <sean.j.christopherson@intel.com>
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 Documentation/x86/sgx/2.Kernel-internals.rst | 20 ++++++++++++++++++++
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Jarkko Sakkinen July 12, 2019, 3:47 a.m. UTC | #1
On Thu, Jul 11, 2019 at 02:44:17PM -0700, Sean Christopherson wrote:
> Add a section on how EPC is managed and why.
> 
> Signed-off-by: Sean Christopherson <sean.j.christopherson@intel.com>
> ---
>  Documentation/x86/sgx/2.Kernel-internals.rst | 20 ++++++++++++++++++++
>  1 file changed, 20 insertions(+)
> 
> diff --git a/Documentation/x86/sgx/2.Kernel-internals.rst b/Documentation/x86/sgx/2.Kernel-internals.rst
> index de359bf605ca..5c90a65936f2 100644
> --- a/Documentation/x86/sgx/2.Kernel-internals.rst
> +++ b/Documentation/x86/sgx/2.Kernel-internals.rst
> @@ -15,6 +15,26 @@ attempt to play nice in the face of a misconfigured system.  With the exception
>  of Launch Control's hash MSRs, which can vary per CPU, Linux assumes that all
>  CPUs have a configuration that is identical to the boot CPU.
>  
> +EPC management
> +==============
> +
> +Because the kernel can't arbitrarily read EPC memory or share RO backing pages
> +between enclaves, traditional memory models such as CoW and fork() do not work
> +with enclaves.  In other words, the architectural rules of EPC forces it to be
> +treated as MAP_SHARED at all times.
> +
> +The inability to employ traditional memory models also means that EPC memory
> +must be isolated from normal memory pools, e.g. attempting to use EPC memory
> +for normal mappings would result in faults and/or perceived data corruption.
> +Furthermore, EPC is not enumerated by as normal memory, e.g. BIOS enumerates
> +EPC as reserved memory in the e820 tables, or not at all.  As a result, EPC
> +memory is directly managed by the SGX subsystem, e.g. SGX employs VM_PFNMAP to
> +manually insert/zap/swap page table entries, and exposes EPC to userspace via
> +a well known device, /dev/sgx/enclave.
> +
> +The net effect is that all enclave VMAs must be MAP_SHARED and are backed by
> +a single file, /dev/sgx/enclave.
> +
>  EPC oversubscription
>  ====================
>  
> -- 
> 2.22.0
> 


Acked-by: Jarkko Sakkinen <jarkko.sakkinen@linux.intel.com>

/Jarkko

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diff --git a/Documentation/x86/sgx/2.Kernel-internals.rst b/Documentation/x86/sgx/2.Kernel-internals.rst
index de359bf605ca..5c90a65936f2 100644
--- a/Documentation/x86/sgx/2.Kernel-internals.rst
+++ b/Documentation/x86/sgx/2.Kernel-internals.rst
@@ -15,6 +15,26 @@  attempt to play nice in the face of a misconfigured system.  With the exception
 of Launch Control's hash MSRs, which can vary per CPU, Linux assumes that all
 CPUs have a configuration that is identical to the boot CPU.
 
+EPC management
+==============
+
+Because the kernel can't arbitrarily read EPC memory or share RO backing pages
+between enclaves, traditional memory models such as CoW and fork() do not work
+with enclaves.  In other words, the architectural rules of EPC forces it to be
+treated as MAP_SHARED at all times.
+
+The inability to employ traditional memory models also means that EPC memory
+must be isolated from normal memory pools, e.g. attempting to use EPC memory
+for normal mappings would result in faults and/or perceived data corruption.
+Furthermore, EPC is not enumerated by as normal memory, e.g. BIOS enumerates
+EPC as reserved memory in the e820 tables, or not at all.  As a result, EPC
+memory is directly managed by the SGX subsystem, e.g. SGX employs VM_PFNMAP to
+manually insert/zap/swap page table entries, and exposes EPC to userspace via
+a well known device, /dev/sgx/enclave.
+
+The net effect is that all enclave VMAs must be MAP_SHARED and are backed by
+a single file, /dev/sgx/enclave.
+
 EPC oversubscription
 ====================