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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86: alternative identifier for Phoenix BIOS

* H. Peter Anvin <> wrote:

> Philipp Kohlbecher wrote:
> > My laptop (a Samsung X20) contains a Phoenix BIOS and would
> > benefit from patch 1e22436eba84edfec9c25e5a25d09062c4f91ca9 (x86:
> > reserve low 64K on AMI and Phoenix BIOS boxen).
> >
> > However, according to /sys/class/dmi/id/bios_vendor, the BIOS
> > identifies its vendor as "Phoenix Technologies LTD" (sans the
> > comma).

Note that we should do a simpler patch: just change the string to
"Phoenix Technologies" and that will provide a proper match. (DMI
matches work on substrings too)

Also, note that you can also force this behavior (and the checking)
via CONFIG_X86_CHECK_BIOS_CORRUPTION=y - that will enable the
reservation and a debug check regardless of DMI matches.

> Given that AMI and Phoenix combined is something like 80% of the
> BIOS market, if not more, it might simply be easier to make it
> unconditional, or make it a whitelist instead.

The (slim) hope would be for them to address the memory corruptions
that have been reported. It can affect older Linux versions, etc. So
we want to print the fact to the syslog, based on the DMI strings from
the reports.


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