[PATCH v3 0/2] x86: SME: Kexec/kdump memory loading fix
From: Lendacky, Thomas
Date: Wed Jun 19 2019 - 14:46:09 EST
This series addresses an issue related to kexec/kdump when SME is active.
The SME support uses a workarea located after the end of the kernel to
perform "in-place" encryption of the kernel. When kexec/kdump is used, it
is possible that some other data used by kexec/kdump could be in this area
of memory which would cause the kexec/kdump of the kernel to fail.
Create a workarea section for use by SME in vmlinux.lds.S that is
positioned after "_end", so that the memory it occupies will be reclaimed
after its use during boot. Since it is part of the kernel image, there is
no worry now that kexec/kdump will place data in the SME workarea when
installing the kexec/kdump kernel. As part of this fix, clarify what
occupied kernel memory is reserved and what parts of the kernel memory are
The following patches are included:
- Identify and document what parts of the kernel image are reserved
(saved) and what is discarded.
- Create a new section that lives outside of the kernel proper, so that it
will be reclaimed as available memory during boot, thus allowing it to
be used as a workarea by SME for kernel in-place encryption during early
This patch series is based on tip/master.
Changes from v2:
- Grammar fixes
- A more generic naming of the scratch/workarea section to indicate it
is not restricted to SME usage
Changes from v1:
- Clarify how and where the kernel sections/memory is reserved.
- Add an explicit symbol, __end_of_kernel_reserve, for reserving the
kernel memory rather than using __bss_stop.
Tom Lendacky (2):
x86/mm: Identify the end of the kernel area to be reserved
x86/mm: Create a workarea in the kernel for SME early encryption
arch/x86/include/asm/sections.h | 2 ++
arch/x86/kernel/setup.c | 8 ++++++-
arch/x86/kernel/vmlinux.lds.S | 34 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-
arch/x86/mm/mem_encrypt_identity.c | 22 +++++++++++++++++--
4 files changed, 62 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)