[PATCH 2/2] arm64: Add workaround for Arm Cortex-A77 erratum 1508412
maz at kernel.org
Tue Jun 30 04:15:15 EDT 2020
On 2020-06-29 22:33, Rob Herring wrote:
> On Cortex-A77 r0p0 and r1p0, a sequence of a non-cacheable or device
> and a store exclusive or PAR_EL1 read can cause a deadlock.
> The workaround requires a DMB SY before and after a PAR_EL1 register
> and the disabling of KVM. KVM must be disabled to prevent the
> sequence in guests' EL1. This workaround also depends on a firmware
> counterpart to enable the h/w to insert DMB SY after load and store
> exclusive instructions. See the errata document SDEN-1152370 v10 
> more information.
This seems a bit extreme. Given that this CPU is most likely
used in big-little systems, there is still a bunch of CPUs
on which we could reliably execute guests. It is also likely
that people could run trusted guests.
I would suggest printing a big fat warning and taining the
kernel with TAINT_CPU_OUT_OF_SPEC, together with the required
DSBs in the KVM code.
Jazz is not dead. It just smells funny...
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