Re: [Qemu-devel] [edk2-rfc] [edk2-devel] CPU hotplug using SMM with QEMU+OVMF

Igor Mammedov <imammedo@...>

On Mon, 2 Sep 2019 21:09:58 +0200
Laszlo Ersek <lersek@...> wrote:

On 09/02/19 10:45, Igor Mammedov wrote:
On Fri, 30 Aug 2019 20:46:14 +0200
Laszlo Ersek <lersek@...> wrote:

On 08/30/19 16:48, Igor Mammedov wrote:

(01) On boot firmware maps and initializes SMI handler at default SMBASE (30000)
(using dedicated SMRAM at 30000 would allow us to avoid save/restore
steps and make SMM handler pointer not vulnerable to DMA attacks)

(02) QEMU hotplugs a new CPU in reset-ed state and sends SCI

(03) on receiving SCI, host CPU calls GPE cpu hotplug handler
which writes to IO port 0xB2 (broadcast SMI)

(04) firmware waits for all existing CPUs rendezvous in SMM mode,
new CPU(s) have SMI pending but does nothing yet

(05) host CPU wakes up one new CPU (INIT-INIT-SIPI)
SIPI vector points to RO flash HLT loop.
(how host CPU will know which new CPUs to relocate?
possibly reuse QEMU CPU hotplug MMIO interface???)

(06) new CPU does relocation.
(in case of attacker sends SIPI to several new CPUs,
open question how to detect collision of several CPUs at the same default SMBASE)

(07) once new CPU relocated host CPU completes initialization, returns
from IO port write and executes the rest of GPE handler, telling OS
to online new CPU.
In step (03), it is the OS that handles the SCI; it transfers control to
ACPI. The AML can write to IO port 0xB2 only because the OS allows it.

If the OS decides to omit that step, and sends an INIT-SIPI-SIPI
directly to the new CPU, can it steal the CPU?
It sure can but this way it won't get access to privileged SMRAM
so OS can't subvert firmware.
The next time SMI broadcast is sent the CPU will use SMI handler at
default 30000 SMBASE. It's up to us to define behavior here (for example
relocation handler can put such CPU in shutdown state).

It's in the best interest of OS to cooperate and execute AML
provided by firmware, if it does not follow proper cpu hotplug flow
we can't guarantee that stolen CPU will work.
This sounds convincing enough, for the hotplugged CPU; thanks.

So now my concern is with step (01). While preparing for the initial
relocation (of cold-plugged CPUs), the code assumes the memory at the
default SMBASE (0x30000) is normal RAM.

Is it not a problem that the area is written initially while running in
normal 32-bit or 64-bit mode, but then executed (in response to the
first, synchronous, SMI) as SMRAM?
currently there is no SMRAM at 0x30000, so all access falls through
into RAM address space and we are about to change that.

but firmware doesn't have to use it as RAM, it can check if QEMU
supports SMRAM at 0x30000 and if supported map it to configure
and then lock it down.

Basically I'm confused by the alias.

TSEG (and presumably, A/B seg) work like this:
- when open, looks like RAM to normal mode and SMM
- when closed, looks like black-hole to normal mode, and like RAM to SMM

The generic edk2 code knows this, and manages the SMRAM areas accordingly.

The area at 0x30000 is different:
- looks like RAM to both normal mode and SMM

If we set up the alias at 0x30000 into A/B seg,
- will that *permanently* hide the normal RAM at 0x30000?
- will 0x30000 start behaving like A/B seg?

Basically my concern is that the universal code in edk2 might or might
not keep A/B seg open while initially populating the area at the default
SMBASE. Specifically, I can imagine two issues:

- if the alias into A/B seg is inactive during the initial population,
then the initial writes go to RAM, but the execution (the first SMBASE
relocation) will occur from A/B seg through the alias

- alternatively, if the alias is always active, but A/B seg is closed
during initial population (which happens in normal mode), then the
initial writes go to the black hole, and execution will occur from a
"blank" A/B seg.

Am I seeing things? (Sorry, I keep feeling dumber and dumber in this
I don't really know how firmware uses A/B segments and I'm afraid that
cannibalizing one for configuring 0x30000 might break something.

Since we are inventing something out of q35 spec anyway, How about
leaving A/B/TSEG to be and using fwcfg to configure when/where
SMRAM(0x30000+128K) should be mapped into RAM address space.

I see a couple of options:
1: use identity mapping where SMRAM(0x30000+128K) maps into the same
range in RAM address space when firmware writes into fwcfg
file and unmaps/locks on the second write (until HW reset)
2: let firmware choose where to map SMRAM(0x30000+128K) in RAM address
space, logic is essentially the same as above only firmware
picks and writes into fwcfg an address where SMRAM(0x30000+128K)
should be mapped.

Anyway, I guess we could try and see if OVMF still boots with the alias...


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