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[vfio-users] vfio dma map succeeds but dmesg indicates error



I’m currently using VFIO for PCI passthrough in a custom simulation, and have discovered that when I try to map IO virtual addresses larger than my host supports, VFIO happily returns 0 from the dma map ioctl, but dmesg is telling me something is wrong.


I noticed this after a few days of wondering why this specific simulation wasn’t working – the simulated system is trying to setup dma addresses using 40-bits of address space, starting at 0xfffffff000 and descending, it turns out my host only support 39 bits.


For example a dma map of 0xffffffd000, size 0x1000, the ioctl returns 0 (but if I inspect errno it has the value “Bad address”). Dmesg generates the error:

[677414.285778] intel_iommu_map: iommu width (39) is not sufficient for the mapped address (ffffffe000)


I can accept that I can’t map addresses larger than my host IOMMU supports, but shouldn’t VFIO report an error from the mapping?


If this has been fixed in a later version please let me know, my Google-fu wasn’t good enough to find much on this error. My kernel is a relatively ancient 3.13 (Ubuntu 14.04.4).




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