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SubjectRE: [RFC PATCH 11/12] e1000e: write protect ICHx NVM to prevent malicious write/erase
Yeah, we can do that.  I need to amend the patch a bit to prevent the protected range lock from being lifted unintentionally and will add some debug statements if/when any write/erase cycles fail.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jiri Kosina [mailto:jkosina@suse.cz]
Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 5:41 AM
To: Brandeburg, Jesse
Cc: linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org; linux-netdev@vger.kernel.org; kkeil@suse.de; agospoda@redhat.com; arjan@linux.intel.com; Graham, David; Allan, Bruce W; Ronciak, John; Thomas Gleixner; chris.jones@canonical.com; tim.gardner@intel.com; airlied@gmail.com; Allan, Bruce W
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH 11/12] e1000e: write protect ICHx NVM to prevent malicious write/erase
On Mon, 29 Sep 2008, Jesse Brandeburg wrote:

> Set the hardware to ignore all write/erase cycles to the GbE region in
> the ICHx NVM. This feature can be disabled by the WriteProtectNVM module
> parameter (enabled by default) though that is not recommended.
>
> Signed-off-by: Bruce Allan <bruce.w.allan@intel.com>
> Signed-off-by: Jesse Brandeburg <jesse.brandeburg@intel.com>

I guess there is no chance to have kernel somehow notified when
write/erase cycle is unsuccessfully tried, is it? This way, it would also
make chasing the root cause easier.

Thanks,

--
Jiri Kosina
SUSE Labs



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