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SubjectRe: [PATCH] efi/libstub/fdt: Standardize the names of EFI stub parameters
>>> On 10.09.15 at 16:53, <mark.rutland@arm.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 01:55:25PM +0100, Jan Beulich wrote:
>> >>> On 10.09.15 at 13:37, <stefano.stabellini@eu.citrix.com> wrote:
>> > On Thu, 10 Sep 2015, Mark Rutland wrote:
>> >> Why can't Xen give a virtual EFI interface to Dom0 / guests? e.g.
>> >> create pages of RuntimeServicesCode that are trivial assembly shims
>> >> doing hypercalls, and plumb these into the virtual EFI memory map and
>> >> tables?
>> >>
>> >> That would keep things sane for any guest, allow for easy addition of
>> >> EFI features, and you could even enter the usual EFI entry point,
>> >> simulate ExitBootServices(), SetVirtualAddressMap(), and allow the guest
>> >> to make things sane for itself...
>> >
>> > That's the way it was done on x86 and now we have common code both in
>> > Linux (drivers/xen/efi.c) and Xen (xen/common/efi) which implement this
>> > scheme. Switching to a different solution for ARM, would mean diverging
>> > with x86, which is not nice, or reimplementing the x86 solution too,
>> > which is expensive.
>> >
>> > BTW I think that the idea you proposed was actually considered at the
>> > time and deemed hard to implement, if I recall correctly.
>>
>> Considering that the EFI support is just for Dom0, and Dom0 (at
>> the time) had to be PV anyway, it was the more natural solution to
>> expose the interface via hypercalls, the more that this allows better
>> control over what is and primarily what is not being exposed to
>> Dom0. With the wrapper approach we'd be back to the same
>> problem (discussed elsewhere) of which EFI version to surface: The
>> host one would impose potentially missing extensions, while the
>> most recent hypervisor known one might imply hiding valuable
>> information from Dom0. Plus there are incompatible changes like
>> the altered meaning of EFI_MEMORY_WP in 2.5.
>
> I'm not sure I follow how hypercalls solve any impedance mismatch here;
> you're still expecting Dom0 to call up to Xen in order to perform calls,
> and all I suggested was a different location for those hypercalls.
>
> If Xen is happy to make such calls blindly, why does it matter if the
> hypercall was in the kernel binary or an external shim?

Because there could be new entries in SystemTable->RuntimeServices
(expected and blindly but validly called by the kernel). Even worse
(because likely harder to deal with) would be new fields in other
structures.

> Incompatible changes are a spec problem regardless of how this is
> handled.

Not necessarily - we don't expose the memory map (we'd have to
if we were to mimic EFI for Dom0), and hence the mentioned issue
doesn't exist in our model.

Jan



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