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

Paolo Bonzini <pbonzini@...>

On 22/08/19 20:29, Laszlo Ersek wrote:
On 08/22/19 08:18, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
On 21/08/19 22:17, Kinney, Michael D wrote:
DMA protection of memory ranges is a chipset feature. For the current
QEMU implementation, what ranges of memory are guaranteed to be
protected from DMA? Is it only A/B seg and TSEG?
This thread (esp. Jiewen's and Mike's messages) are the first time that
I've heard about the *existence* of such RAM ranges / the chipset
feature. :)

Out of interest (independently of virtualization), how is a general
purpose OS informed by the firmware, "never try to set up DMA to this
RAM area"? Is this communicated through ACPI _CRS perhaps?

... Ah, almost: ACPI 6.2 specifies _DMA, in "6.2.4 _DMA (Direct Memory
Access)". It writes,

For example, if a platform implements a PCI bus that cannot access
all of physical memory, it has a _DMA object under that PCI bus that
describes the ranges of physical memory that can be accessed by
devices on that bus.

Sorry about the digression, and also about being late to this thread,
continually -- I'm primarily following and learning.
It's much simpler: these ranges are not in e820, for example

kernel: BIOS-e820: [mem 0x0000000000059000-0x000000000008bfff] usable
kernel: BIOS-e820: [mem 0x000000000008c000-0x00000000000fffff] reserved

The ranges are not special-cased in any way by QEMU. Simply, AB-segs
and TSEG RAM are not part of the address space except when in SMM.
Therefore, DMA to those ranges ends up respectively to low VGA RAM[1]
and to the bit bucket. When AB-segs are open, for example, DMA to that
area becomes possible.


[1] old timers may remember DEF SEG=&HB800: BLOAD "foo.img",0. It still
works with some disk device models.

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