From: Catalin Marinas
Date: Thu Apr 07 2022 - 07:01:17 EST

On Thu, Apr 07, 2022 at 02:30:54PM +1000, Herbert Xu wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 06, 2022 at 09:49:42AM +0100, Catalin Marinas wrote:
> > is any change to the crypto code.
> But the crypto API assumes that memory returned by kmalloc is
> automatically aligned to CRYPTO_MINALIGN, would this still be
> the case if you change it to ARCH_DMA_MINALIGN?

No but I think that's a valid point. Taking the crypto_tfm structure as
an example with ARCH_DMA_MINALIGN of 128:

#define CRYPTO_MINALIGN_ATTR __attribute__ ((__aligned__(CRYPTO_MINALIGN)))

struct crypto_tfm {
u32 crt_flags;
int node;
void (*exit)(struct crypto_tfm *tfm);
struct crypto_alg *__crt_alg;
void *__crt_ctx[] CRYPTO_MINALIGN_ATTR;

The alignof(struct crypto_tfm) is 128. However, a kmalloc() would only
guarantee the smaller ARCH_KMALLOC_MINALIGN which, after this series,
would be 64 for arm64. From the DMA perspective there's no issue with
the smaller kmalloc() alignment since, if a crypto_tfm pointer is
DMA-aligned for the hardware it is running on, so would __ctr_ctx[] at
an offset multiple of the dynamic DMA alignment. If we used
ARCH_KMALLOC_MINALIGN instead and the hardware alignment requirement was
larger, than we would have a potential problem with non-coherent DMA.

The only issue is whether the compiler gets confused by a pointer to a
structure with a smaller alignment than alignof(struct ...). I don't see
a performance or correctness issue on arm64 here. It would be a problem
if instead of 16 we went down to 8 or 4 due to unaligned accesses but
from 128 to 64 (or even 16), I don't think it matters.