[PATCH v4 0/6] Add ARMv8.3 pointer authentication for kvm guest

From: Amit Daniel Kachhap
Date: Tue Dec 18 2018 - 02:57:12 EST


This patch series adds pointer authentication support for KVM guest and
is based on top of Linux 4.20-rc5 and generic pointer authentication patch
series[1]. The first two patch in this series was originally posted by
Mark Rutland earlier[2,3] and contains some history of this work.

Extension Overview:

The ARMv8.3 pointer authentication extension adds functionality to detect
modification of pointer values, mitigating certain classes of attack such as
stack smashing, and making return oriented programming attacks harder.

The extension introduces the concept of a pointer authentication code (PAC),
which is stored in some upper bits of pointers. Each PAC is derived from the
original pointer, another 64-bit value (e.g. the stack pointer), and a secret
128-bit key.

New instructions are added which can be used to:

* Insert a PAC into a pointer
* Strip a PAC from a pointer
* Authenticate and strip a PAC from a pointer

The detailed description of ARMv8.3 pointer authentication support in
userspace/kernel can be found in Kristina's generic pointer authentication
patch series[1].

KVM guest work:

If pointer authentication is enabled for KVM guests then the new PAC intructions
will not trap to EL2. If not then they may be ignored if in HINT region or trapped
in EL2 as illegal instruction. Since KVM guest vcpu runs as a thread so they have
a key initialised which will be used by PAC. When world switch happens between
host and guest then this key is exchanged.

There were some review comments by Christoffer Dall in the original series[2,3,4]
and this patch series tries to implement them. The original series enabled pointer
authentication for both userspace and kvm userspace. However it is now
bifurcated and this series contains only KVM guest support.

Changes since v3 [4]:
* Use pointer authentication only when VHE is present as ARM8.3 implies ARM8.1
features to be present.
* Added lazy context handling of ptrauth instructions from V2 version again.
* Added more details in Documentation.
* Rebased to new version of generic ptrauth patches [1].

Changes since v2 [2,3]:
* Allow host and guest to have different HCR_EL2 settings and not just constant
* Optimise the reading of HCR_EL2 in host/guest switch by fetching it once
during KVM initialisation state and using it later.
* Context switch pointer authentication keys when switching between guest
and host. Pointer authentication was enabled in a lazy context earlier[2] and
is removed now to make it simple. However it can be revisited later if there
is significant performance issue.
* Added a userspace option to choose pointer authentication.
* Based on the userspace option, ptrauth cpufeature will be visible.
* Based on the userspace option, ptrauth key registers will be accessible.
* A small document is added on how to enable pointer authentication from
userspace KVM API.

Looking for feedback and comments.


[1]: https://lkml.org/lkml/2018/12/7/666
[2]: https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/20171127163806.31435-11-mark.rutland@xxxxxxx/
[3]: https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/20171127163806.31435-10-mark.rutland@xxxxxxx/
[4]: https://lkml.org/lkml/2018/10/17/594

Linux (4.20-rc5 based):

Amit Daniel Kachhap (5):
arm64/kvm: preserve host HCR_EL2 value
arm64/kvm: context-switch ptrauth registers
arm64/kvm: add a userspace option to enable pointer authentication
arm64/kvm: enable pointer authentication cpufeature conditionally
arm64/kvm: control accessibility of ptrauth key registers

Documentation/arm64/pointer-authentication.txt | 13 ++--
Documentation/virtual/kvm/api.txt | 4 ++
arch/arm/include/asm/kvm_host.h | 7 ++
arch/arm64/include/asm/cpufeature.h | 6 ++
arch/arm64/include/asm/kvm_asm.h | 2 +
arch/arm64/include/asm/kvm_host.h | 41 +++++++++++-
arch/arm64/include/asm/kvm_hyp.h | 7 ++
arch/arm64/include/uapi/asm/kvm.h | 1 +
arch/arm64/kernel/traps.c | 1 +
arch/arm64/kvm/handle_exit.c | 24 ++++---
arch/arm64/kvm/hyp/Makefile | 1 +
arch/arm64/kvm/hyp/ptrauth-sr.c | 89 +++++++++++++++++++++++++
arch/arm64/kvm/hyp/switch.c | 19 ++++--
arch/arm64/kvm/hyp/sysreg-sr.c | 11 ++++
arch/arm64/kvm/hyp/tlb.c | 6 +-
arch/arm64/kvm/reset.c | 3 +
arch/arm64/kvm/sys_regs.c | 91 ++++++++++++++++++++------
include/uapi/linux/kvm.h | 1 +
virt/kvm/arm/arm.c | 4 ++
19 files changed, 289 insertions(+), 42 deletions(-)
create mode 100644 arch/arm64/kvm/hyp/ptrauth-sr.c


Repo: git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/will/kvmtool.git
Amit Daniel Kachhap (1):
arm/kvm: arm64: Add a vcpu feature for pointer authentication

arm/aarch32/include/kvm/kvm-cpu-arch.h | 2 ++
arm/aarch64/include/asm/kvm.h | 3 +++
arm/aarch64/include/kvm/kvm-arch.h | 1 +
arm/aarch64/include/kvm/kvm-config-arch.h | 4 +++-
arm/aarch64/include/kvm/kvm-cpu-arch.h | 2 ++
arm/aarch64/kvm-cpu.c | 5 +++++
arm/include/arm-common/kvm-config-arch.h | 1 +
arm/kvm-cpu.c | 7 +++++++
include/linux/kvm.h | 1 +
9 files changed, 25 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)