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Re: [Qemu-arm] [PATCH 0/2] GICv2 & GICv3: RAZ/WI reserved addresses rath

From: Laszlo Ersek
Subject: Re: [Qemu-arm] [PATCH 0/2] GICv2 & GICv3: RAZ/WI reserved addresses rather than aborting
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2018 17:48:29 +0100
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On 01/09/18 17:35, Peter Maydell wrote:
> On 9 January 2018 at 16:29, Laszlo Ersek <address@hidden> wrote:
>> On 01/09/18 17:12, Peter Maydell wrote:
>>> On 9 January 2018 at 15:58, Laszlo Ersek <address@hidden> wrote:
>>>> Sorry, no clue about any of this -- where should I read up?
>>> I cc'd you mostly as a heads-up since the QEMU bug is UEFI affecting,
>>> not because I wanted to make you read the GIC specs :-)
>> Thanks (and, thanks :) ) -- from patch #2, looks like GICv2 is affected
>> too, and the patch seems to be fixing commit a9d853533cc1
>> ("hw/intc/arm_gic: Switch to read/write callbacks with tx attributes",
>> 2015-05-12).
>> Is that right? That commit was released with v2.4.0. Should I have
>> experienced the error? Is it KVM / hardware specific? What are the symptoms?
> Happens under TCG emulation only. The bug got introduced with
> commit c79c0a314c43b78f6, which changed the effect of a device
> "guest data abort". That's in general the right thing to do,
> but in the case of these device models we were returning those
> values for cases which aren't supposed to provoke aborts.
> The symptom is that if your guest code is poorly behaved and
> tries to read or write offsets that don't correspond to documented
> GIC registers, it will take an abort that it didn't before.
> Linux is fine; this UEFI image I have lying around stopped working.

Thank you for the description. Now I'm thinking the failure indeed needs
combining both bugs (UEFI -- presumed --, and QEMU). I've been using
qemu-system-aarch64, version 2.11, on my x86_64 laptop, for a while,
with no problems at all -- it's a registered RHEL-ALT-7.4 guest that I
last booted three days ago. And, v2.11.0 has c79c0a314c43b78f6. On the
other hand, I tend to run bleeding-edge ArmVirtQemu firmware.

... I see that your patches restore the GIC behavior to (sort-of)
pre-a9d853533cc1 state, thereby de-fanging the over-generic
c79c0a314c43b78f6. (Does this summary make sense?) If you think an ACK
from me isn't worthless for reflecting this "realization" (lol), I can
provide it.


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