Re: [RFC PATCH v2 2/5] x86/sgx: Require userspace to define enclave pages' protection bits

From: Sean Christopherson
Date: Mon Jun 10 2019 - 12:19:58 EST

On Mon, Jun 10, 2019 at 06:27:17PM +0300, Jarkko Sakkinen wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 05, 2019 at 07:11:42PM -0700, Sean Christopherson wrote:
> > [SNAP]
> Same general criticism as for the previous patch: try to say things as
> they are without anything extra.
> > A third alternative would be to pull the protection bits from the page's
> > SECINFO, i.e. make decisions based on the protections enforced by
> > hardware. However, with SGX2, userspace can extend the hardware-
> > enforced protections via ENCLU[EMODPE], e.g. can add a page as RW and
> > later convert it to RX. With SGX2, making a decision based on the
> > initial protections would either create a security hole or force SGX to
> > dynamically track "dirty" pages (see first alternative above).
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Sean Christopherson <sean.j.christopherson@xxxxxxxxx>
> 'flags' should would renamed as 'secinfo_flags_mask' even if the name is
> longish. It would use the same values as the SECINFO flags. The field in
> struct sgx_encl_page should have the same name. That would express
> exactly relation between SECINFO and the new field. I would have never
> asked on last iteration why SECINFO is not enough with a better naming.

No, these flags do not impact the EPCM protections in any way. Userspace
can extend the EPCM protections without going through the kernel. The
protection flags for an enclave page impact VMA/PTE protection bits.

IMO, it is best to treat the EPCM as being completely separate from the
kernel's EPC management.

> The same field can be also used to cage page type to a subset of values.
> /Jarkko