[RFC PATCH 0/2] MTE support for KVM guest

Peter Maydell peter.maydell at linaro.org
Wed Jun 24 09:16:41 EDT 2020

On Wed, 24 Jun 2020 at 12:18, Steven Price <steven.price at arm.com> wrote:
> Ah yes, similar to (1) but much lower overhead ;) That's probably the
> best option - it can be hidden in a memcpy_ignoring_tags() function.
> However it still means that the VMM can't directly touch the guest's
> memory which might cause issues for the VMM.

That's kind of awkward, since in general QEMU assumes it can
naturally just access guest RAM[*] (eg emulation of DMAing devices,
virtio, graphics display, gdb stub memory accesses). It would be
nicer to be able to do it the other way around, maybe, so that the
current APIs give you the "just the memory" and if you really want
to do tagged accesses to guest ram you can do it with tag-specific
APIs. I haven't thought about this very much though and haven't
read enough of the MTE spec recently enough to make much
sensible comment. So mostly what I'm trying to encourage here
is that the people implementing the KVM/kernel side of this API
also think about the userspace side of it, so we get one coherent
design rather than a half-a-product that turns out to be awkward
to use :-)

[*] "guest ram is encrypted" also breaks this assumption, of course;
I haven't looked at the efforts in that direction that are already in
QEMU to see how they work, though.

-- PMM

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