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LS102xA: is Secure Boot with key extension supported?

Question asked by Jean-Francois Riendeau on Mar 21, 2018
Latest reply on Mar 22, 2018 by Jean-Francois Riendeau

I have been testing various Secure Boot scenarios on my LS102xA board with QSPI flash. I started by generating 4 SRK and burning their hash in the SRK Hash registers. Then I tried:

  • Signing all boot components using the 1st SRK => it works
  • Signing U-Boot and its bootscript with the 1st SRK, signing secondary boot components using a different key whose hash is specified in the corresponding esbc_validate command => it works
  • Signing U-Boot and 5 IE keys with the 1st SRK, then signing the bootscript and secondary boot components with one of the extension keys => it fails!

I have little details on the failure: after programming my flash with the secure boot components, it just freezes. Using a Lauterbach debugger, I can see that DCFG_CCSR_SCRATCHRW1 contains indeed the address of my U-Boot CSF header, but DCFG_CCSR_SCRATCHRW2 is equal to 0, which would indicate there was not secure boot failure reported by the Secure Boot ROM. So perhaps the failure is in U-Boot.


In the LS1021A SDK v0.4 documentation (section, it is written that:

Key Extension feature is applicable only for NOR secure Boot. It is not applicable for RAMBOOT (where data has to be copied onto RAM, eg:- NAND, SD, SPI)

I'm using QSPI NOR flash, which I assumed should support key extension. So my questions are:

  1. Is the LS102xA family supposed to support key extension?
  2. If so, do all members of that family support key extension, in particular the SEC-less LS1022A?


Thank you for your help.