[PATCH] ARM/arm64: KVM: test properly for a PTE's uncachedness

Marc Zyngier marc.zyngier at arm.com
Mon Nov 9 00:17:09 PST 2015

On Fri, 6 Nov 2015 12:43:08 +0100
Ard Biesheuvel <ard.biesheuvel at linaro.org> wrote:

> The open coded tests for checking whether a PTE maps a page as
> uncached use a flawed 'pte_val(xxx) & CONST != CONST' pattern,
> which is not guaranteed to work since the type of a mapping is an
> index into the MAIR table, not a set of mutually exclusive bits.
> Considering that, on arm64, the S2 type definitions use the following
> MAIR indexes
>     #define MT_S2_NORMAL            0xf
>     #define MT_S2_DEVICE_nGnRE      0x1
> we have been getting lucky merely because the S2 device mappings also
> have the PTE_UXN bit set, which means that a device PTE still does not
> equal a normal PTE after masking with the former type.
> Instead, implement proper checking against the MAIR indexes that are
> known to define uncached memory attributes.
> Signed-off-by: Ard Biesheuvel <ard.biesheuvel at linaro.org>

Very well spotted, thanks Ard!

Reviewed-by: Marc Zyngier <marc.zyngier at arm.com>

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