Re: [PATCH v2 7/8] mtd: spi-nor: add TB (Top/Bottom) protect support

From: Ezequiel Garcia
Date: Mon Feb 29 2016 - 15:35:15 EST

Hi Brian,

On 29 January 2016 at 16:25, Brian Norris <computersforpeace@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Some flash support a bit in the status register that inverts protection
> so that it applies to the bottom of the flash, not the top. This yields
> additions to the protection range table, as noted in the comments.
> Because this feature is not universal to all flash that support
> lock/unlock, control it via a new flag.
> Signed-off-by: Brian Norris <computersforpeace@xxxxxxxxx>
> ---
> v2:
> * Rewrite the bounds checking for top/bottom support, since there were some
> bad corner cases. Now lock/unlock are more symmetric.
> drivers/mtd/spi-nor/spi-nor.c | 70 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-----
> include/linux/mtd/spi-nor.h | 2 ++
> 2 files changed, 65 insertions(+), 7 deletions(-)
> @@ -476,12 +484,14 @@ static int stm_is_unlocked_sr(struct spi_nor *nor, loff_t ofs, uint64_t len,
> /*
> * Lock a region of the flash. Compatible with ST Micro and similar flash.
> - * Supports only the block protection bits BP{0,1,2} in the status register
> + * Supports the block protection bits BP{0,1,2} in the status register
> * (SR). Does not support these features found in newer SR bitfields:
> - * - TB: top/bottom protect - only handle TB=0 (top protect)
> * - SEC: sector/block protect - only handle SEC=0 (block protect)

While reviewing and testing this patchset, I realised that *no* Micron device
define BIT(6) as SEC (sector/block) bit. Instead, it's used as BP3, to extend
the region defined by BP0-BP2.

I've checked the following:


So I believe we need to separate stm_{lock,unlock), from
winbond_{lock,unlock}. We might want to explicitly mark devices that
currently support locking with the new _HAS_LOCK flag.

Also, I wonder if we can really separate based on vendor, or if we'll need
more flags to distinguish the lock implementation per device.

Of course, all the devices that define a BP3 are broken with respect to flash
locking. I can try to cook some patches for this, once we are decided on how
to do it.
Ezequiel García, VanguardiaSur