Re: [PATCH -next] memregion: Add arch_flush_memregion() interface

From: Dan Williams
Date: Thu Sep 08 2022 - 02:53:49 EST

Borislav Petkov wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 07, 2022 at 09:52:17AM -0700, Dan Williams wrote:
> > To be clear nfit stuff and CXL does run in guests, but they do not
> > support secure-erase in a guest.
> >
> > However, the QEMU CXL enabling is building the ability to do *guest
> > physical* address space management, but in that case the driver can be
> > paravirtualized to realize that it is not managing host-physical address
> > space and does not need to flush caches. That will need some indicator
> > to differentiate virtual CXL memory expanders from assigned devices.
> Sounds to me like that check should be improved later to ask
> whether the kernel is managing host-physical address space, maybe
> arch_flush_memregion() should check whether the address it is supposed
> to flush is host-physical and exit early if not...

Even though I raised the possibility of guest passthrough of a CXL
memory expander, I do not think it could work in practice without it
being a gigantic security nightmare. So it is probably safe to just do
the hypervisor check and assume that there's no such thing as guest
management of host physical address space.