CPU hotplug using SMM with QEMU+OVMF


Laszlo Ersek
 

Hi,

this message is a problem statement, and an initial recommendation for
solving it, from Jiewen, Paolo, Yingwen, and others. I'm cross-posting
the thread starter to the <devel@edk2.groups.io>, <rfc@edk2.groups.io>
and <qemu-devel@nongnu.org> lists. Please use "Reply All" when
commenting.

In response to the initial posting, I plan to ask a number of questions.

The related TianoCore bugzillas are:

https://bugzilla.tianocore.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1512
https://bugzilla.tianocore.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1515

SMM is used as a security barrier between the OS kernel and the
firmware. When a CPU is plugged into a running system where this barrier
exists fine otherwise, the new CPU can be considered a means to attack
SMM. When the next SMI is raised (globally, or targeted at the new CPU),
the SMBASE for that CPU is still at 0x30000, which is normal RAM, not
SMRAM. Therefore the OS could place attack code in that area prior to
the SMI. Once in SMM, the new CPU would execute OS-owned code (from
normal RAM) with access to SMRAM and to other SMM-protected stuff, such
as flash. [I stole a few words from Paolo here.]

Jiewen summarized the problem as follows:

- Asset: SMM

- Adversary:

- System Software Attacker, who can control any OS memory or silicon
register from OS level, or read write BIOS data.

- Simple hardware attacker, who can hot add or hot remove a CPU.

- Non-adversary: The attacker cannot modify the flash BIOS code or
read only BIOS data. The flash part itself is treated as TCB and
protected.

- Threat: The attacker may hot add or hot remove a CPU, then modify
system memory to tamper the SMRAM content, or trigger SMI to get the
privilege escalation by executing code in SMM mode.

We'd like to solve this problem for QEMU/KVM and OVMF.

(At the moment, CPU hotplug doesn't work with OVMF *iff* OVMF was built
with -D SMM_REQUIRE. SMBASE relocation never happens for the new CPU,
the SMM infrastructure in edk2 doesn't know about the new CPU, and so
when the first SMI is broadcast afterwards, we crash. We'd like this
functionality to *work*, in the first place -- but securely at that, so
that an actively malicious guest kernel can't break into SMM.)

Yingwen and Jiewen suggested the following process.

Legend:

- "New CPU": CPU being hot-added
- "Host CPU": existing CPU
- (Flash): code running from flash
- (SMM): code running from SMRAM

Steps:

(01) New CPU: (Flash) enter reset vector, Global SMI disabled by
default.

(02) New CPU: (Flash) configure memory control to let it access global
host memory.

(03) New CPU: (Flash) send board message to tell host CPU (GPIO->SCI) --
I am waiting for hot-add message. (NOTE: Host CPU can only send
instruction in SMM mode. -- The register is SMM only)

(04) Host CPU: (OS) get message from board that a new CPU is added.
(GPIO -> SCI)

(05) Host CPU: (OS) All CPUs enter SMM (SCI->SWSMI) (NOTE: New CPU will
not enter CPU because SMI is disabled)

(06) Host CPU: (SMM) Save 38000, Update 38000 -- fill simple SMM rebase
code.

(07) Host CPU: (SMM) Send message to New CPU to Enable SMI.

(08) New CPU: (Flash) Get message - Enable SMI.

(09) Host CPU: (SMM) Send SMI to the new CPU only.

(10) New CPU: (SMM) Response first SMI at 38000, and rebase SMBASE to
TSEG.

(11) Host CPU: (SMM) Restore 38000.

(12) Host CPU: (SMM) Update located data structure to add the new CPU
information. (This step will involve CPU_SERVICE protocol)

===================== (now, the next SMI will bring all CPU into TSEG)

(13) New CPU: (Flash) run MRC code, to init its own memory.

(14) New CPU: (Flash) Deadloop, and wait for INIT-SIPI-SIPI.

(15) Host CPU: (OS) Send INIT-SIPI-SIPI to pull new CPU in.

Thanks
Laszlo


Laszlo Ersek
 

On 08/13/19 16:16, Laszlo Ersek wrote:

Yingwen and Jiewen suggested the following process.

Legend:

- "New CPU": CPU being hot-added
- "Host CPU": existing CPU
- (Flash): code running from flash
- (SMM): code running from SMRAM

Steps:

(01) New CPU: (Flash) enter reset vector, Global SMI disabled by
default.
- What does "Global SMI disabled by default" mean? In particular, what
is "global" here?

Do you mean that the CPU being hot-plugged should mask (by default)
broadcast SMIs? What about directed SMIs? (An attacker could try that
too.)

And what about other processors? (I'd assume step (01)) is not
relevant for other processors, but "global" is quite confusing here.)

- Does this part require a new branch somewhere in the OVMF SEC code?
How do we determine whether the CPU executing SEC is BSP or
hot-plugged AP?

- How do we tell the hot-plugged AP where to start execution? (I.e. that
it should execute code at a particular pflash location.)

For example, in MpInitLib, we start a specific AP with INIT-SIPI-SIPI,
where "SIPI" stores the startup address in the "Interrupt Command
Register" (which is memory-mapped in xAPIC mode, and an MSR in x2APIC
mode, apparently). That doesn't apply here -- should QEMU auto-start
the new CPU?

- What memory is used as stack by the new CPU, when it runs code from
flash?

QEMU does not emulate CAR (Cache As RAM). The new CPU doesn't have
access to SMRAM. And we cannot use AcpiNVS or Reserved memory, because
a malicious OS could use other CPUs -- or PCI device DMA -- to attack
the stack (unless QEMU forcibly paused other CPUs upon hotplug; I'm
not sure).

- If an attempt is made to hotplug multiple CPUs in quick succession,
does something serialize those attempts?

Again, stack usage could be a concern, even with Cache-As-RAM --
HyperThreads (logical processors) on a single core don't have
dedicated cache.

Does CPU hotplug apply only at the socket level? If the CPU is
multi-core, what is responsible for hot-plugging all cores present in
the socket?


(02) New CPU: (Flash) configure memory control to let it access global
host memory.
In QEMU/KVM guests, we don't have to enable memory explicitly, it just
exists and works.

In OVMF X64 SEC, we can't access RAM above 4GB, but that shouldn't be an
issue per se.


(03) New CPU: (Flash) send board message to tell host CPU (GPIO->SCI)
-- I am waiting for hot-add message.
Maybe we can simplify this in QEMU by broadcasting an SMI to existent
processors immediately upon plugging the new CPU.


(NOTE: Host CPU can only send
instruction in SMM mode. -- The register is SMM only)
Sorry, I don't follow -- what register are we talking about here, and
why is the BSP needed to send anything at all? What "instruction" do you
have in mind?


(04) Host CPU: (OS) get message from board that a new CPU is added.
(GPIO -> SCI)

(05) Host CPU: (OS) All CPUs enter SMM (SCI->SWSMI) (NOTE: New CPU
will not enter CPU because SMI is disabled)
I don't understand the OS involvement here. But, again, perhaps QEMU can
force all existent CPUs into SMM immediately upon adding the new CPU.


(06) Host CPU: (SMM) Save 38000, Update 38000 -- fill simple SMM
rebase code.

(07) Host CPU: (SMM) Send message to New CPU to Enable SMI.
Aha, so this is the SMM-only register you mention in step (03). Is the
register specified in the Intel SDM?


(08) New CPU: (Flash) Get message - Enable SMI.

(09) Host CPU: (SMM) Send SMI to the new CPU only.

(10) New CPU: (SMM) Response first SMI at 38000, and rebase SMBASE to
TSEG.
What code does the new CPU execute after it completes step (10)? Does it
halt?


(11) Host CPU: (SMM) Restore 38000.
These steps (i.e., (06) through (11)) don't appear RAS-specific. The
only platform-specific feature seems to be SMI masking register, which
could be extracted into a new SmmCpuFeaturesLib API.

Thus, would you please consider open sourcing firmware code for steps
(06) through (11)?


Alternatively -- and in particular because the stack for step (01)
concerns me --, we could approach this from a high-level, functional
perspective. The states that really matter are the relocated SMBASE for
the new CPU, and the state of the full system, right at the end of step
(11).

When the SMM setup quiesces during normal firmware boot, OVMF could use
existent (finalized) SMBASE infomation to *pre-program* some virtual
QEMU hardware, with such state that would be expected, as "final" state,
of any new hotplugged CPU. Afterwards, if / when the hotplug actually
happens, QEMU could blanket-apply this state to the new CPU, and
broadcast a hardware SMI to all CPUs except the new one.

The hardware SMI should tell the firmware that the rest of the process
-- step (12) below, and onward -- is being requested.

If I understand right, this approach would produce an firmware & system
state that's identical to what's expected right after step (11):

- all SMBASEs relocated
- all preexistent CPUs in SMM
- new CPU halted / blocked from launch
- DRAM at 0x30000 / 0x38000 contains OS-owned data

Is my understanding correct that this is the expected state after step
(11)?

Three more comments on the "SMBASE pre-config" approach:

- the virtual hardware providing this feature should become locked after
the configuration, until next platform reset

- the pre-config should occur via simple hardware accesses, so that it
can be replayed at S3 resume, i.e. as part of the S3 boot script

- from the pre-configured state, and the APIC ID, QEMU itself could
perhaps calculate the SMI stack location for the new processor.


(12) Host CPU: (SMM) Update located data structure to add the new CPU
information. (This step will involve CPU_SERVICE protocol)
I commented on EFI_SMM_CPU_SERVICE_PROTOCOL in upon bullet (4) of
<https://bugzilla.tianocore.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1512#c4>.

Calling EFI_SMM_ADD_PROCESSOR looks justified.

What are some of the other member functions used for? The scary one is
EFI_SMM_REGISTER_EXCEPTION_HANDLER.


===================== (now, the next SMI will bring all CPU into TSEG)
OK... but what component injects that SMI, and when?


(13) New CPU: (Flash) run MRC code, to init its own memory.
Why is this needed esp. after step (10)? The new CPU has accessed DRAM
already. And why are we executing code from pflash, rather than from
SMRAM, given that we're past SMBASE relocation?


(14) New CPU: (Flash) Deadloop, and wait for INIT-SIPI-SIPI.

(15) Host CPU: (OS) Send INIT-SIPI-SIPI to pull new CPU in.
I'm confused by these steps. I thought that step (12) would complete the
hotplug, by updating the administrative data structures internally. And
the next SMI -- raised for the usual purposes, such as a software SMI
for variable access -- would be handled like it always is, except it
would also pull the new CPU into SMM too.

Thanks!
Laszlo


Laszlo Ersek
 

On 08/13/19 18:09, Laszlo Ersek wrote:
On 08/13/19 16:16, Laszlo Ersek wrote:
(06) Host CPU: (SMM) Save 38000, Update 38000 -- fill simple SMM
rebase code.

(07) Host CPU: (SMM) Send message to New CPU to Enable SMI.
Aha, so this is the SMM-only register you mention in step (03). Is the
register specified in the Intel SDM?


(08) New CPU: (Flash) Get message - Enable SMI.

(09) Host CPU: (SMM) Send SMI to the new CPU only.

(10) New CPU: (SMM) Response first SMI at 38000, and rebase SMBASE to
TSEG.
What code does the new CPU execute after it completes step (10)? Does it
halt?


(11) Host CPU: (SMM) Restore 38000.
These steps (i.e., (06) through (11)) don't appear RAS-specific. The
only platform-specific feature seems to be SMI masking register, which
could be extracted into a new SmmCpuFeaturesLib API.

Thus, would you please consider open sourcing firmware code for steps
(06) through (11)?


Alternatively -- and in particular because the stack for step (01)
concerns me --, we could approach this from a high-level, functional
perspective. The states that really matter are the relocated SMBASE for
the new CPU, and the state of the full system, right at the end of step
(11).

When the SMM setup quiesces during normal firmware boot, OVMF could use
existent (finalized) SMBASE infomation to *pre-program* some virtual
QEMU hardware, with such state that would be expected, as "final" state,
of any new hotplugged CPU. Afterwards, if / when the hotplug actually
happens, QEMU could blanket-apply this state to the new CPU, and
broadcast a hardware SMI to all CPUs except the new one.

The hardware SMI should tell the firmware that the rest of the process
-- step (12) below, and onward -- is being requested.

If I understand right, this approach would produce an firmware & system
state that's identical to what's expected right after step (11):

- all SMBASEs relocated
- all preexistent CPUs in SMM
- new CPU halted / blocked from launch
- DRAM at 0x30000 / 0x38000 contains OS-owned data

Is my understanding correct that this is the expected state after step
(11)?
Revisiting some of my notes from earlier, such as
<https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1454803#c46> -- apologies,
private BZ... --, we discussed some of this stuff with Mike on the phone
in April.

And, it looked like generating a hardware SMI in QEMU, in association
with the hotplug action that was being requested through the QEMU
monitor, would be the right approach.

By now I have forgotten about that discussion -- hence "revisiting my
notes"--, but luckily, it seems consistent with what I've proposed
above, under "alternatively".

Thanks,
Laszlo


Yao, Jiewen
 

My comments below.

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Subject: Re: CPU hotplug using SMM with QEMU+OVMF

On 08/13/19 16:16, Laszlo Ersek wrote:

Yingwen and Jiewen suggested the following process.

Legend:

- "New CPU": CPU being hot-added
- "Host CPU": existing CPU
- (Flash): code running from flash
- (SMM): code running from SMRAM

Steps:

(01) New CPU: (Flash) enter reset vector, Global SMI disabled by
default.
- What does "Global SMI disabled by default" mean? In particular, what
is "global" here?
[Jiewen] OK. Let's don’t use the term "global".


Do you mean that the CPU being hot-plugged should mask (by default)
broadcast SMIs? What about directed SMIs? (An attacker could try that
too.)
[Jiewen] I mean all SMIs are blocked for this specific hot-added CPU.


And what about other processors? (I'd assume step (01)) is not
relevant for other processors, but "global" is quite confusing here.)
[Jiewen] No impact to other processors.


- Does this part require a new branch somewhere in the OVMF SEC code?
How do we determine whether the CPU executing SEC is BSP or
hot-plugged AP?
[Jiewen] I think this is blocked from hardware perspective, since the first instruction.
There are some hardware specific registers can be used to determine if the CPU is new added.
I don’t think this must be same as the real hardware.
You are free to invent some registers in device model to be used in OVMF hot plug driver.


- How do we tell the hot-plugged AP where to start execution? (I.e. that
it should execute code at a particular pflash location.)
[Jiewen] Same real mode reset vector at FFFF:FFF0.


For example, in MpInitLib, we start a specific AP with INIT-SIPI-SIPI,
where "SIPI" stores the startup address in the "Interrupt Command
Register" (which is memory-mapped in xAPIC mode, and an MSR in x2APIC
mode, apparently). That doesn't apply here -- should QEMU auto-start
the new CPU?
[Jiewen] You can send INIT-SIPI-SIPI to new CPU only after it can access memory.
SIPI need give AP an below 1M memory address as waking vector.


- What memory is used as stack by the new CPU, when it runs code from
flash?
[Jiewen] Same as other CPU in normal boot. You can use special reserved memory.


QEMU does not emulate CAR (Cache As RAM). The new CPU doesn't have
access to SMRAM. And we cannot use AcpiNVS or Reserved memory,
because
a malicious OS could use other CPUs -- or PCI device DMA -- to attack
the stack (unless QEMU forcibly paused other CPUs upon hotplug; I'm
not sure).
[Jiewen] Excellent point!
I don’t think there is problem for real hardware, who always has CAR.
Can QEMU provide some CPU specific space, such as MMIO region?


- If an attempt is made to hotplug multiple CPUs in quick succession,
does something serialize those attempts?
[Jiewen] The BIOS need consider this as availability requirement.
I don’t have strong opinion.
You can design a system that required hotplug must be one-by-one, or fail the hot-add.
Or you can design a system that did not have such restriction.
Again, all we need to do is to maintain the integrity of SMM.
The availability should be considered as separate requirement.


Again, stack usage could be a concern, even with Cache-As-RAM --
HyperThreads (logical processors) on a single core don't have
dedicated cache.
[Jiewen] Agree with you on the virtual environment.
For real hardware, we do socket level hot-add only. So HT is not the concern.
But if you want to do that in virtual environment, a processor specific memory
should be considered.


Does CPU hotplug apply only at the socket level? If the CPU is
multi-core, what is responsible for hot-plugging all cores present in
the socket?
[Jiewen] Ditto.


(02) New CPU: (Flash) configure memory control to let it access global
host memory.
In QEMU/KVM guests, we don't have to enable memory explicitly, it just
exists and works.

In OVMF X64 SEC, we can't access RAM above 4GB, but that shouldn't be an
issue per se.
[Jiewen] Agree. I do not see the issue.


(03) New CPU: (Flash) send board message to tell host CPU (GPIO->SCI)
-- I am waiting for hot-add message.
Maybe we can simplify this in QEMU by broadcasting an SMI to existent
processors immediately upon plugging the new CPU.


(NOTE: Host CPU can only
send
instruction in SMM mode. -- The register is SMM only)
Sorry, I don't follow -- what register are we talking about here, and
why is the BSP needed to send anything at all? What "instruction" do you
have in mind?
[Jiewen] The new CPU does not enable SMI at reset.
At some point of time later, the CPU need enable SMI, right?
The "instruction" here means, the host CPUs need tell to CPU to enable SMI.


(04) Host CPU: (OS) get message from board that a new CPU is added.
(GPIO -> SCI)

(05) Host CPU: (OS) All CPUs enter SMM (SCI->SWSMI) (NOTE: New CPU
will not enter CPU because SMI is disabled)
I don't understand the OS involvement here. But, again, perhaps QEMU can
force all existent CPUs into SMM immediately upon adding the new CPU.
[Jiewen] OS here means the Host CPU running code in OS environment, not in SMM environment.


(06) Host CPU: (SMM) Save 38000, Update 38000 -- fill simple SMM
rebase code.

(07) Host CPU: (SMM) Send message to New CPU to Enable SMI.
Aha, so this is the SMM-only register you mention in step (03). Is the
register specified in the Intel SDM?
[Jiewen] Right. That is the register to let host CPU tell new CPU to enable SMI.
It is platform specific register. Not defined in SDM.
You may invent one in device model.


(08) New CPU: (Flash) Get message - Enable SMI.

(09) Host CPU: (SMM) Send SMI to the new CPU only.

(10) New CPU: (SMM) Response first SMI at 38000, and rebase SMBASE to
TSEG.
What code does the new CPU execute after it completes step (10)? Does it
halt?
[Jiewen] The new CPU exits SMM and return to original place - where it is
interrupted to enter SMM - running code on the flash.


(11) Host CPU: (SMM) Restore 38000.
These steps (i.e., (06) through (11)) don't appear RAS-specific. The
only platform-specific feature seems to be SMI masking register, which
could be extracted into a new SmmCpuFeaturesLib API.

Thus, would you please consider open sourcing firmware code for steps
(06) through (11)?

Alternatively -- and in particular because the stack for step (01)
concerns me --, we could approach this from a high-level, functional
perspective. The states that really matter are the relocated SMBASE for
the new CPU, and the state of the full system, right at the end of step
(11).

When the SMM setup quiesces during normal firmware boot, OVMF could
use
existent (finalized) SMBASE infomation to *pre-program* some virtual
QEMU hardware, with such state that would be expected, as "final" state,
of any new hotplugged CPU. Afterwards, if / when the hotplug actually
happens, QEMU could blanket-apply this state to the new CPU, and
broadcast a hardware SMI to all CPUs except the new one.

The hardware SMI should tell the firmware that the rest of the process
-- step (12) below, and onward -- is being requested.

If I understand right, this approach would produce an firmware & system
state that's identical to what's expected right after step (11):

- all SMBASEs relocated
- all preexistent CPUs in SMM
- new CPU halted / blocked from launch
- DRAM at 0x30000 / 0x38000 contains OS-owned data

Is my understanding correct that this is the expected state after step
(11)?
[Jiewen] I think you are correct.


Three more comments on the "SMBASE pre-config" approach:

- the virtual hardware providing this feature should become locked after
the configuration, until next platform reset

- the pre-config should occur via simple hardware accesses, so that it
can be replayed at S3 resume, i.e. as part of the S3 boot script

- from the pre-configured state, and the APIC ID, QEMU itself could
perhaps calculate the SMI stack location for the new processor.


(12) Host CPU: (SMM) Update located data structure to add the new CPU
information. (This step will involve CPU_SERVICE protocol)
I commented on EFI_SMM_CPU_SERVICE_PROTOCOL in upon bullet (4) of
<https://bugzilla.tianocore.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1512#c4>.

Calling EFI_SMM_ADD_PROCESSOR looks justified.
[Jiewen] I think you are correct.
Also REMOVE_PROCESSOR will be used for hot-remove action.


What are some of the other member functions used for? The scary one is
EFI_SMM_REGISTER_EXCEPTION_HANDLER.
[Jiewen] This is to register a new exception handler in SMM.
I don’t think this API is involved in hot-add.


===================== (now, the next SMI will bring all CPU into TSEG)
OK... but what component injects that SMI, and when?
[Jiewen] Any SMI event. It could be synchronized SMI or asynchronized SMI.
It could from software such as IO write, or hardware such as thermal event.


(13) New CPU: (Flash) run MRC code, to init its own memory.
Why is this needed esp. after step (10)? The new CPU has accessed DRAM
already. And why are we executing code from pflash, rather than from
SMRAM, given that we're past SMBASE relocation?
[Jiewen] On real hardware, it is needed because different CPU may have different capability to access different DIMM.
I do not think your virtual platform need it.


(14) New CPU: (Flash) Deadloop, and wait for INIT-SIPI-SIPI.

(15) Host CPU: (OS) Send INIT-SIPI-SIPI to pull new CPU in.
I'm confused by these steps. I thought that step (12) would complete the
hotplug, by updating the administrative data structures internally. And
the next SMI -- raised for the usual purposes, such as a software SMI
for variable access -- would be handled like it always is, except it
would also pull the new CPU into SMM too.
[Jiewen] The OS need use the new CPU at some point of time, right?
As such, the OS need pull the new CPU into its own environment by INIT-SIPI-SIPI.


Thanks!
Laszlo


Paolo Bonzini <pbonzini@...>
 

On 14/08/19 15:20, Yao, Jiewen wrote:
- Does this part require a new branch somewhere in the OVMF SEC code?
How do we determine whether the CPU executing SEC is BSP or
hot-plugged AP?
[Jiewen] I think this is blocked from hardware perspective, since the first instruction.
There are some hardware specific registers can be used to determine if the CPU is new added.
I don’t think this must be same as the real hardware.
You are free to invent some registers in device model to be used in OVMF hot plug driver.
Yes, this would be a new operation mode for QEMU, that only applies to
hot-plugged CPUs. In this mode the AP doesn't reply to INIT or SMI, in
fact it doesn't reply to anything at all.

- How do we tell the hot-plugged AP where to start execution? (I.e. that
it should execute code at a particular pflash location.)
[Jiewen] Same real mode reset vector at FFFF:FFF0.
You do not need a reset vector or INIT/SIPI/SIPI sequence at all in
QEMU. The AP does not start execution at all when it is unplugged, so
no cache-as-RAM etc.

We only need to modify QEMU so that hot-plugged APIs do not reply to
INIT/SIPI/SMI.

I don’t think there is problem for real hardware, who always has CAR.
Can QEMU provide some CPU specific space, such as MMIO region?
Why is a CPU-specific region needed if every other processor is in SMM
and thus trusted.

Does CPU hotplug apply only at the socket level? If the CPU is
multi-core, what is responsible for hot-plugging all cores present in
the socket?
I can answer this: the SMM handler would interact with the hotplug
controller in the same way that ACPI DSDT does normally. This supports
multiple hotplugs already.

Writes to the hotplug controller from outside SMM would be ignored.

(03) New CPU: (Flash) send board message to tell host CPU (GPIO->SCI)
-- I am waiting for hot-add message.
Maybe we can simplify this in QEMU by broadcasting an SMI to existent
processors immediately upon plugging the new CPU.
The QEMU DSDT could be modified (when secure boot is in effect) to OUT
to 0xB2 when hotplug happens. It could write a well-known value to
0xB2, to be read by an SMI handler in edk2.



(NOTE: Host CPU can only
send
instruction in SMM mode. -- The register is SMM only)
Sorry, I don't follow -- what register are we talking about here, and
why is the BSP needed to send anything at all? What "instruction" do you
have in mind?
[Jiewen] The new CPU does not enable SMI at reset.
At some point of time later, the CPU need enable SMI, right?
The "instruction" here means, the host CPUs need tell to CPU to enable SMI.
Right, this would be a write to the CPU hotplug controller

(04) Host CPU: (OS) get message from board that a new CPU is added.
(GPIO -> SCI)

(05) Host CPU: (OS) All CPUs enter SMM (SCI->SWSMI) (NOTE: New CPU
will not enter CPU because SMI is disabled)
I don't understand the OS involvement here. But, again, perhaps QEMU can
force all existent CPUs into SMM immediately upon adding the new CPU.
[Jiewen] OS here means the Host CPU running code in OS environment, not in SMM environment.
See above.

(06) Host CPU: (SMM) Save 38000, Update 38000 -- fill simple SMM
rebase code.

(07) Host CPU: (SMM) Send message to New CPU to Enable SMI.
Aha, so this is the SMM-only register you mention in step (03). Is the
register specified in the Intel SDM?
[Jiewen] Right. That is the register to let host CPU tell new CPU to enable SMI.
It is platform specific register. Not defined in SDM.
You may invent one in device model.
See above.

(10) New CPU: (SMM) Response first SMI at 38000, and rebase SMBASE to
TSEG.
What code does the new CPU execute after it completes step (10)? Does it
halt?
[Jiewen] The new CPU exits SMM and return to original place - where it is
interrupted to enter SMM - running code on the flash.
So in our case we'd need an INIT/SIPI/SIPI sequence between (06) and (07).

(11) Host CPU: (SMM) Restore 38000.
These steps (i.e., (06) through (11)) don't appear RAS-specific. The
only platform-specific feature seems to be SMI masking register, which
could be extracted into a new SmmCpuFeaturesLib API.

Thus, would you please consider open sourcing firmware code for steps
(06) through (11)?

Alternatively -- and in particular because the stack for step (01)
concerns me --, we could approach this from a high-level, functional
perspective. The states that really matter are the relocated SMBASE for
the new CPU, and the state of the full system, right at the end of step
(11).

When the SMM setup quiesces during normal firmware boot, OVMF could
use
existent (finalized) SMBASE infomation to *pre-program* some virtual
QEMU hardware, with such state that would be expected, as "final" state,
of any new hotplugged CPU. Afterwards, if / when the hotplug actually
happens, QEMU could blanket-apply this state to the new CPU, and
broadcast a hardware SMI to all CPUs except the new one.
I'd rather avoid this and stay as close as possible to real hardware.

Paolo


Yao, Jiewen
 

Hi Paolo
I am not sure what do you mean - "You do not need a reset vector ...".
If so, where is the first instruction of the new CPU in the virtualization environment?
Please help me understand that at first. Then we can continue the discussion.

Thank you
Yao Jiewen

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Subject: Re: CPU hotplug using SMM with QEMU+OVMF

On 14/08/19 15:20, Yao, Jiewen wrote:
- Does this part require a new branch somewhere in the OVMF SEC code?
How do we determine whether the CPU executing SEC is BSP or
hot-plugged AP?
[Jiewen] I think this is blocked from hardware perspective, since the first
instruction.
There are some hardware specific registers can be used to determine if the
CPU is new added.
I don’t think this must be same as the real hardware.
You are free to invent some registers in device model to be used in OVMF
hot plug driver.

Yes, this would be a new operation mode for QEMU, that only applies to
hot-plugged CPUs. In this mode the AP doesn't reply to INIT or SMI, in
fact it doesn't reply to anything at all.

- How do we tell the hot-plugged AP where to start execution? (I.e. that
it should execute code at a particular pflash location.)
[Jiewen] Same real mode reset vector at FFFF:FFF0.
You do not need a reset vector or INIT/SIPI/SIPI sequence at all in
QEMU. The AP does not start execution at all when it is unplugged, so
no cache-as-RAM etc.
We only need to modify QEMU so that hot-plugged APIs do not reply to
INIT/SIPI/SMI.

I don’t think there is problem for real hardware, who always has CAR.
Can QEMU provide some CPU specific space, such as MMIO region?
Why is a CPU-specific region needed if every other processor is in SMM
and thus trusted.
Does CPU hotplug apply only at the socket level? If the CPU is
multi-core, what is responsible for hot-plugging all cores present in
the socket?
I can answer this: the SMM handler would interact with the hotplug
controller in the same way that ACPI DSDT does normally. This supports
multiple hotplugs already.

Writes to the hotplug controller from outside SMM would be ignored.

(03) New CPU: (Flash) send board message to tell host CPU (GPIO->SCI)
-- I am waiting for hot-add message.
Maybe we can simplify this in QEMU by broadcasting an SMI to existent
processors immediately upon plugging the new CPU.
The QEMU DSDT could be modified (when secure boot is in effect) to OUT
to 0xB2 when hotplug happens. It could write a well-known value to
0xB2, to be read by an SMI handler in edk2.



(NOTE: Host CPU can
only
send
instruction in SMM mode. -- The register is SMM only)
Sorry, I don't follow -- what register are we talking about here, and
why is the BSP needed to send anything at all? What "instruction" do you
have in mind?
[Jiewen] The new CPU does not enable SMI at reset.
At some point of time later, the CPU need enable SMI, right?
The "instruction" here means, the host CPUs need tell to CPU to enable
SMI.

Right, this would be a write to the CPU hotplug controller

(04) Host CPU: (OS) get message from board that a new CPU is added.
(GPIO -> SCI)

(05) Host CPU: (OS) All CPUs enter SMM (SCI->SWSMI) (NOTE: New CPU
will not enter CPU because SMI is disabled)
I don't understand the OS involvement here. But, again, perhaps QEMU
can
force all existent CPUs into SMM immediately upon adding the new CPU.
[Jiewen] OS here means the Host CPU running code in OS environment, not
in SMM environment.

See above.

(06) Host CPU: (SMM) Save 38000, Update 38000 -- fill simple SMM
rebase code.

(07) Host CPU: (SMM) Send message to New CPU to Enable SMI.
Aha, so this is the SMM-only register you mention in step (03). Is the
register specified in the Intel SDM?
[Jiewen] Right. That is the register to let host CPU tell new CPU to enable
SMI.
It is platform specific register. Not defined in SDM.
You may invent one in device model.
See above.

(10) New CPU: (SMM) Response first SMI at 38000, and rebase SMBASE
to
TSEG.
What code does the new CPU execute after it completes step (10)? Does
it
halt?
[Jiewen] The new CPU exits SMM and return to original place - where it is
interrupted to enter SMM - running code on the flash.
So in our case we'd need an INIT/SIPI/SIPI sequence between (06) and (07).

(11) Host CPU: (SMM) Restore 38000.
These steps (i.e., (06) through (11)) don't appear RAS-specific. The
only platform-specific feature seems to be SMI masking register, which
could be extracted into a new SmmCpuFeaturesLib API.

Thus, would you please consider open sourcing firmware code for steps
(06) through (11)?

Alternatively -- and in particular because the stack for step (01)
concerns me --, we could approach this from a high-level, functional
perspective. The states that really matter are the relocated SMBASE for
the new CPU, and the state of the full system, right at the end of step
(11).

When the SMM setup quiesces during normal firmware boot, OVMF could
use
existent (finalized) SMBASE infomation to *pre-program* some virtual
QEMU hardware, with such state that would be expected, as "final" state,
of any new hotplugged CPU. Afterwards, if / when the hotplug actually
happens, QEMU could blanket-apply this state to the new CPU, and
broadcast a hardware SMI to all CPUs except the new one.
I'd rather avoid this and stay as close as possible to real hardware.

Paolo


Paolo Bonzini <pbonzini@...>
 

On 15/08/19 11:55, Yao, Jiewen wrote:
Hi Paolo
I am not sure what do you mean - "You do not need a reset vector ...".
If so, where is the first instruction of the new CPU in the virtualization environment?
Please help me understand that at first. Then we can continue the discussion.
The BSP starts running from 0xFFFFFFF0. APs do not start running at all
and just sit waiting for an INIT-SIPI-SIPI sequence. Please see my
proposal in the reply to Laszlo.

Paolo


Igor Mammedov <imammedo@...>
 

On Thu, 15 Aug 2019 18:24:53 +0200
Paolo Bonzini <pbonzini@redhat.com> wrote:

On 15/08/19 18:07, Igor Mammedov wrote:
Looking at Q35 code and Seabios SMM relocation as example, if I see it
right QEMU has:
- SMRAM is aliased from DRAM at 0xa0000
- and TSEG steals from the top of low RAM when configured

Now problem is that default SMBASE at 0x30000 isn't backed by anything
in SMRAM address space and default SMI entry falls-through to the same
location in System address space.

The later is not trusted and entry into SMM mode will corrupt area + might
jump to 'random' SMI handler (hence save/restore code in Seabios).

Here is an idea, can we map a memory region at 0x30000 in SMRAM address
space with relocation space/code reserved. It could be a part of TSEG
(so we don't have to invent ABI to configure that)?
No, there could be real mode code using it.
My impression was that QEMU/KVM's SMM address space is accessible only from
CPU in SMM mode, so SMM CPU should access in-depended SMRAM at 0x30000 in
SMM address space while not SMM CPUs (including real mode) should access
0x30000 from normal system RAM.


What we _could_ do is
initialize SMBASE to 0xa0000, but I think it's better to not deviate too
much from processor behavior (even if it's admittedly a 20-years legacy
that doesn't make any sense).
Agreed, it's better to follow spec, that's one of the reasons why I was toying
with idea of using separate SMRAM at 0x30000 mapped only in SMM address space.

Practically we would be following spec: SDM: 34.4 SMRAM
"
System logic can use the SMI acknowledge transaction or the assertion of the SMIACT# pin to decode accesses to
the SMRAM and redirect them (if desired) to specific SMRAM memory. If a separate RAM memory is used for
SMRAM, system logic should provide a programmable method of mapping the SMRAM into system memory space
when the processor is not in SMM. This mechanism will enable start-up procedures to initialize the SMRAM space
(that is, load the SMI handler) before executing the SMI handler during SMM.
"

Another benefit that gives us, is that we won't have to pull in
all existing CPUs into SMM (essentially another stop_machine) to
guarantee exclusive access to 0x30000 in normal RAM.


Paolo


Igor Mammedov <imammedo@...>
 

On Wed, 14 Aug 2019 16:04:50 +0200
Paolo Bonzini <pbonzini@redhat.com> wrote:

On 14/08/19 15:20, Yao, Jiewen wrote:
- Does this part require a new branch somewhere in the OVMF SEC code?
How do we determine whether the CPU executing SEC is BSP or
hot-plugged AP?
[Jiewen] I think this is blocked from hardware perspective, since the first instruction.
There are some hardware specific registers can be used to determine if the CPU is new added.
I don’t think this must be same as the real hardware.
You are free to invent some registers in device model to be used in OVMF hot plug driver.
Yes, this would be a new operation mode for QEMU, that only applies to
hot-plugged CPUs. In this mode the AP doesn't reply to INIT or SMI, in
fact it doesn't reply to anything at all.

- How do we tell the hot-plugged AP where to start execution? (I.e. that
it should execute code at a particular pflash location.)
[Jiewen] Same real mode reset vector at FFFF:FFF0.
You do not need a reset vector or INIT/SIPI/SIPI sequence at all in
QEMU. The AP does not start execution at all when it is unplugged, so
no cache-as-RAM etc.

We only need to modify QEMU so that hot-plugged APIs do not reply to
INIT/SIPI/SMI.

I don’t think there is problem for real hardware, who always has CAR.
Can QEMU provide some CPU specific space, such as MMIO region?
Why is a CPU-specific region needed if every other processor is in SMM
and thus trusted.

Does CPU hotplug apply only at the socket level? If the CPU is
multi-core, what is responsible for hot-plugging all cores present in
the socket?
I can answer this: the SMM handler would interact with the hotplug
controller in the same way that ACPI DSDT does normally. This supports
multiple hotplugs already.

Writes to the hotplug controller from outside SMM would be ignored.

(03) New CPU: (Flash) send board message to tell host CPU (GPIO->SCI)
-- I am waiting for hot-add message.
Maybe we can simplify this in QEMU by broadcasting an SMI to existent
processors immediately upon plugging the new CPU.
The QEMU DSDT could be modified (when secure boot is in effect) to OUT
to 0xB2 when hotplug happens. It could write a well-known value to
0xB2, to be read by an SMI handler in edk2.



(NOTE: Host CPU can only
send
instruction in SMM mode. -- The register is SMM only)
Sorry, I don't follow -- what register are we talking about here, and
why is the BSP needed to send anything at all? What "instruction" do you
have in mind?
[Jiewen] The new CPU does not enable SMI at reset.
At some point of time later, the CPU need enable SMI, right?
The "instruction" here means, the host CPUs need tell to CPU to enable SMI.
Right, this would be a write to the CPU hotplug controller

(04) Host CPU: (OS) get message from board that a new CPU is added.
(GPIO -> SCI)

(05) Host CPU: (OS) All CPUs enter SMM (SCI->SWSMI) (NOTE: New CPU
will not enter CPU because SMI is disabled)
I don't understand the OS involvement here. But, again, perhaps QEMU can
force all existent CPUs into SMM immediately upon adding the new CPU.
[Jiewen] OS here means the Host CPU running code in OS environment, not in SMM environment.
See above.

(06) Host CPU: (SMM) Save 38000, Update 38000 -- fill simple SMM
rebase code.

(07) Host CPU: (SMM) Send message to New CPU to Enable SMI.
Aha, so this is the SMM-only register you mention in step (03). Is the
register specified in the Intel SDM?
[Jiewen] Right. That is the register to let host CPU tell new CPU to enable SMI.
It is platform specific register. Not defined in SDM.
You may invent one in device model.
See above.

(10) New CPU: (SMM) Response first SMI at 38000, and rebase SMBASE to
TSEG.
What code does the new CPU execute after it completes step (10)? Does it
halt?
[Jiewen] The new CPU exits SMM and return to original place - where it is
interrupted to enter SMM - running code on the flash.
So in our case we'd need an INIT/SIPI/SIPI sequence between (06) and (07).
Looking at Q35 code and Seabios SMM relocation as example, if I see it
right QEMU has:
- SMRAM is aliased from DRAM at 0xa0000
- and TSEG steals from the top of low RAM when configured

Now problem is that default SMBASE at 0x30000 isn't backed by anything
in SMRAM address space and default SMI entry falls-through to the same
location in System address space.

The later is not trusted and entry into SMM mode will corrupt area + might
jump to 'random' SMI handler (hence save/restore code in Seabios).

Here is an idea, can we map a memory region at 0x30000 in SMRAM address
space with relocation space/code reserved. It could be a part of TSEG
(so we don't have to invent ABI to configure that)?

In that case we do not have to care about System address space content
anymore and un-trusted code shouldn't be able to supply rogue SMI handler.
(that would cross out one of the reasons for inventing disabled-INIT/SMI state)


(11) Host CPU: (SMM) Restore 38000.
These steps (i.e., (06) through (11)) don't appear RAS-specific. The
only platform-specific feature seems to be SMI masking register, which
could be extracted into a new SmmCpuFeaturesLib API.

Thus, would you please consider open sourcing firmware code for steps
(06) through (11)?

Alternatively -- and in particular because the stack for step (01)
concerns me --, we could approach this from a high-level, functional
perspective. The states that really matter are the relocated SMBASE for
the new CPU, and the state of the full system, right at the end of step
(11).

When the SMM setup quiesces during normal firmware boot, OVMF could
use
existent (finalized) SMBASE infomation to *pre-program* some virtual
QEMU hardware, with such state that would be expected, as "final" state,
of any new hotplugged CPU. Afterwards, if / when the hotplug actually
happens, QEMU could blanket-apply this state to the new CPU, and
broadcast a hardware SMI to all CPUs except the new one.
I'd rather avoid this and stay as close as possible to real hardware.

Paolo


Paolo Bonzini <pbonzini@...>
 

On 15/08/19 18:07, Igor Mammedov wrote:
Looking at Q35 code and Seabios SMM relocation as example, if I see it
right QEMU has:
- SMRAM is aliased from DRAM at 0xa0000
- and TSEG steals from the top of low RAM when configured

Now problem is that default SMBASE at 0x30000 isn't backed by anything
in SMRAM address space and default SMI entry falls-through to the same
location in System address space.

The later is not trusted and entry into SMM mode will corrupt area + might
jump to 'random' SMI handler (hence save/restore code in Seabios).

Here is an idea, can we map a memory region at 0x30000 in SMRAM address
space with relocation space/code reserved. It could be a part of TSEG
(so we don't have to invent ABI to configure that)?
No, there could be real mode code using it. What we _could_ do is
initialize SMBASE to 0xa0000, but I think it's better to not deviate too
much from processor behavior (even if it's admittedly a 20-years legacy
that doesn't make any sense).

Paolo