ARM security extension is not available with current barebox

Calvin Johnson linux.cj at
Wed Jul 13 02:53:43 EDT 2011


While trying to compile barebox for ARM processor with TrustZone
security extension, the assembler complained about unsupported ARM
instruction "SMC".
 {standard input}: Assembler messages:
{standard input}:12: Error: selected processor does not support ARM mode
`smc #0'

On searching online I found the following link which explains the solution.

I feel that we may have to bring ARM TrustZone security extension support to
barebox at least as a conditional compilation option, as this may be widely
used in ARM based embedded systems.

In order to resolve my issue, I just had to make a minor change
to arch/arm/Makefile

diff --git a/arch/arm/Makefile b/arch/arm/Makefile
index 6201a9b..b0bc8b9 100644
--- a/arch/arm/Makefile
+++ b/arch/arm/Makefile
@@ -15,11 +15,12 @@ endif

 comma = ,

 # This selects which instruction set is used.
 # Note that GCC does not numerically define an architecture version
 # macro, but instead defines a whole series of macros which makes
 # testing for a specific architecture or later rather impossible.
-arch-$(CONFIG_CPU_32v7)                :=-D__LINUX_ARM_ARCH__=7 $(call
cc-option,-march=armv7-a,-march=armv5t -Wa$(comma)-march=armv7-a)
+arch-$(CONFIG_CPU_32v7)                :=-D__LINUX_ARM_ARCH__=7 $(call
cc-option,-march=armv7-a+sec,-march=armv5t -Wa$(comma)-march=armv7-a+sec)
 arch-$(CONFIG_CPU_32v6)            :=-D__LINUX_ARM_ARCH__=6 $(call
cc-option,-march=armv6,-march=armv5t -Wa$(comma)-march=armv6)
 arch-$(CONFIG_CPU_32v5)                :=-D__LINUX_ARM_ARCH__=5 $(call
 arch-$(CONFIG_CPU_32v4T)       :=-D__LINUX_ARM_ARCH__=4 -march=armv4t

As I'm new to barebox, I'm not sure whether this change will break
something. It would be good if experts can have look at the link provided
and submit a patch.

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