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SubjectRe: [PATCH 5/5] efi: Capsule update support and pstore backend
On Wed, 16 Oct, at 01:14:16PM, Andi Kleen wrote:
> > + It should be noted that enabling this opton will pass a capsule
> > + to the firmware on every boot. Some firmware will not allow a
> > + user to enter the BIOS setup when a capsule has been registered
> > + on the previous boot.
>
> That sounds like a problem. Can this be fixed to only do it on demand?

Incorporating something along the lines of,

echo 1 > /sys/kernel/debug/capsule_enable

would fix this. Assuming that's the kind of thing Matthew had in mind.

> > +
> > + Many EFI machines have buggy implementations of the UpdateCapsule()
> > + runtime service. This option will enable code that may not function
> > + correctly with your firmware.
>
> Do we need white/black lists?
>
> Controlling such things form CONFIG is not very good.

We have, so far, avoided creating black/white lists in any of the EFI
code and because this is an optional debug feature and is in no way
required for a user's machine to boot, I'm not sure how much value there
would be in trying to maintain such a list.

On the other hand, the case could be made for failing more gracefully if
we discover the QueryCapsuleCapabilities()/UpdateCapsule() runtime
services are broken when enabling this feature, i.e. through gratuitous
use of FW_BUG.

--
Matt Fleming, Intel Open Source Technology Center


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