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Resolve Issue #125: virtio-blk: add secure erase feature to specification

Should the TC accept changes listed in the description to resolve issue 125, for inclusion in specification version(s) "virtio-v1.2-cs01", and future versions of the specification?

Please vote Yes if you agree with all of the following.
If you disagree, please vote No.
If you don't have an opinion, please vote Abstain.

I move that:
The TC agrees to resolve the following specification issue:
Issue #125: virtio-blk: add secure erase feature to specification
There are user requests to use the Linux BLKSECDISCARD ioctl on
virtio-blk device. A secure discard is the same as a regular discard
except that all copies of the discarded blocks that were possibly
created by garbage collection must also be erased. This requires
support from the device. And "secure erase" is more commonly used
in industry to name this feature. Hence in this proposal, extend
virtio-blk protocol to support secure erase command.

Introduced new feature flag and command type:

This feature is a passthrough feature on backend because it is hard
to emulate a secure erase. So virtio-blk will report this feature
to guest OS if backend device support such kind of feature. And
when guest OS issues a secure erase command, backend driver will
passthrough the command to host device blocks.

Introduced new fields in virtio_blk_config for secure erase commands:
struct virtio_blk_config {


The TC accepts the following proposed changes to the specification:

The TC agrees to include the above change(s) in specification version(s) "virtio-v1.2-cs01", and future versions of the


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 [ ]  Yes
 [ ]  No
 [ ]  Abstain
Opening:   Monday, 13 December 2021 @ 10:30 am EST
Closing:   Monday, 20 December 2021 @ 10:30 am EST
Group:   OASIS Virtual I/O Device (VIRTIO) TC
Ballot has closed.

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Voting Summary

Options with highest number of votes are bold

Option # Votes % of Total
Yes 7 100%
No 0 0%
Abstain 0
Eligible members who have voted: 7 of 8 88%
Eligible members who have abstained: 0 of 8 0%
Eligible members who have not voted: 1 of 8 13%

Voting Details

Voter Company VoteReference Document and/or Comment
Enrico Granata
Google Inc.
Halil Pasic
Matti Moell
OpenSynergy GmbH
Mihai Carabas
Michael S. Tsirkin
Red Hat
Stefan Hajnoczi
Red Hat
Cornelia Huck
Red Hat
Jan Kiszka
Siemens AG