Re: [PATCH 4/8] mtd: spi-nor: disallow further writes to SR if WP# is low

From: Brian Norris
Date: Thu Jan 28 2016 - 14:48:46 EST

On Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 04:24:50PM -0300, Ezequiel Garcia wrote:
> On 28 January 2016 at 14:59, Brian Norris <computersforpeace@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > So, maybe we want to clear SR_SRWD only when we unlock the *entire*
> > flash? What do you think?

I'll paste in the relevant datasheet details from w25q32fw, to make sure
we're on the same page here, noting that 'SRP0' is our 'SR_SRWD', and
we're not touching SRP1 (i.e., SRP1=0):

"SRP1=0, SRP0=0, /WP=X: Software Protection
/WP pin has no control. The Status register can be written to after
a Write Enable instruction, WEL=1. [Factory Default]
SRP1=0, SRP0=1, /WP=0: Hardware Protected
When /WP pin is low the Status Register locked [sic] and cannot be
written to.
SRP1=0, SRP0=1, /WP=1: Hardware Unprotected
When /WP pin is high the Status register is unlocked and can be
written to after a Write Enable instruction, WEL=1."

> How about this:
> 1) ioctl(MEMLOCK) the entire flash (SR_SRWD is set)
> 2) ioctl(MEMUNLOCK) partially (SW_SRWD keeps set)
> 3) ioctl(MEMLOCK) the entire flash again

I might be confused; are you making a suggestion of a new behavior, or
are you just trying to clarify my proposal? Because this sounds like it
matches my proposal.

> Not sure this use case make sense,

I suppose it could make sense, if you (e.g.) have some intermediate
steps toward determining the locked regions during factory programming.
Maybe a process would start by doing #1 and #2, then decide
conditionally whether to do #3. And only after the whole process is done
does something assert /WP=0 (in my case, a factory process would tie /WP

> but would (3) be allowed given
> SW_SRWD is set?

Yes, if /WP=1 (high).