Intel Agilex® 7 F-Series and I-Series Known Issue List

ID 683584
Date 5/03/2023
Document Table of Contents

3.17. 855829: Reads of PMEVCNTR<n> are not Masked by HDCR.HPMN


Software executing at EL2 can set the HDCR.HPMN and MDCR_EL2.HPMN field to restrict non-secure EL0 and EL1 software from accessing a subset of the performance counters. If n > HPMN, then Performance Counter n (PMEVCNTR<n>) register is not accessible to non-secure EL0 or EL1. Because of this erratum, Cortex-A53 reads of inaccessible registers might not return zero as expected, but instead might read the actual contents of the counter registers.

For this erratum to be present:
  1. The processor is executing at non-secure EL1 or EL0.
  2. HDCR.HPMN and MDCR_EL2.HPMN are set to a value n, where n < 6.
  3. A read of PMEVCNTR<n> and PMEVCNTR<n>_EL0 is executed.


If the conditions described above are met, then non-secure EL0 and EL1 software can read the values of performance counters reserved for EL2.


Software executing at EL2 can set the HDCR.TPM and MDCR_EL2.TPM bit. This configuration causes all non-secure EL0 and EL1 accesses to performance monitor registers to trap to EL2. The EL2 software can then emulate accesses as required, and can mask out accesses to reserved registers.


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