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Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 18:57:11 +0100
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: can other user access secrets in GPU's memory?

On Mon, Mar 25, 2019 at 08:10:58AM +0100, magnum wrote:
> GPUs doesn't have any protection 
> against users reading your memory even *while* you're using it. In my 
> view is this is primarily a driver/runtime issue and ultimately even a 
> hardware issue (no memory protection in the design).

Modern GPUs have MMUs, so the hardware is probably capable.  I agree
it's "primarily a driver/runtime issue".  Also, I'm under impression
NVIDIA cares about this issue already, but AMD doesn't care yet.  We can
try reporting this as a bug against the AMDGPU-PRO driver and see what
happens.  Aleksey, care to try?  Also:

On Mon, Mar 25, 2019 at 01:42:07AM +0300, Aleksey Cherepanov wrote:
> I was playing around with OpenCL and it looks like memory is not zeroed
> by default on GPUs, i.e. I can read old values from gpu on another run
> of host program. So I guess it means that other users can read these
> values too, right?

Don't assume - actually test it as two different uses.  While your guess
is probably correct this time, it's conceivable for a driver to be smart
and only zeroize memory before giving it to a different user, not to
another OpenCL kernel invocation by the same user.  So you need to test
and make sure before reporting this as a bug.



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