[PATCH v5 31/32] x86: Add sysfs support for Secure Memory Encryption

Borislav Petkov bp at alien8.de
Thu May 18 10:01:53 PDT 2017

On Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 04:22:12PM -0500, Tom Lendacky wrote:
> Add sysfs support for SME so that user-space utilities (kdump, etc.) can
> determine if SME is active.

But why do user-space tools need to know that?

I mean, when we load the kdump kernel, we do it with the first kernel,
with the kexec_load() syscall, AFAICT. And that code does a lot of
things during that init, like machine_kexec_prepare()->init_pgtable() to
prepare the ident mapping of the second kernel, for example.

What I'm aiming at is that the first kernel knows *exactly* whether SME
is enabled or not and doesn't need to tell the second one through some
sysfs entries - it can do that during loading.

So I don't think we need any userspace things at all...



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