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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/2] dmi-id: add dmi/id/oem group for exporting oem strings to sysfs
Hello Allen,

On Thu, 14 Jul 2016 16:01:23 +0800, Allen Hung wrote:
> The oem strings in DMI system identification information of the BIOS have
> been parsed and stored as dmi devices in dmi_scan.c but they are not
> exported to userspace via sysfs.

They are intended for internal consumption by the kernel drivers.

> The patch intends to export oem strings to sysfs device /sys/class/dmi/id.
> As the number of oem strings are dynamic, a group "oem" is added to the
> device and the strings will be added to the group as string1, string2, ...,
> and stringN.

What is the use case? You can already get these strings easily using
dmidecode:

# dmidecode -qt 11
OEM Strings
String 1: Dell System
String 2: 1[05A4]
String 3: 3[1.0]
String 4: 12[www.dell.com]
String 5: 14[1]
String 6: 15[3]
String 7:

If needed, a dedicated option could be added to dmidecode to extract
specific OEM strings. Or existing option -s could be extended for that
purpose.

Also your code doesn't even build. I won't review this patch until I
know why it is needed, and it builds (without warning.)

One comment below though:

>
> Signed-off-by: Allen Hung <allen_hung@dell.com>
> ---
> drivers/firmware/dmi-id.c | 108 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> 1 file changed, 108 insertions(+)
>
> diff --git a/drivers/firmware/dmi-id.c b/drivers/firmware/dmi-id.c
> index 44c0139..f284a07 100644
> --- a/drivers/firmware/dmi-id.c
> +++ b/drivers/firmware/dmi-id.c
> (...)
> +static int __init dmi_id_init_oem_attr_group(void)
> +{
> + int i, ret;
> + const struct dmi_device *dev;
> + struct dmi_oem_attribute *oa, *tmp;
> + struct device_attribute dev_attr_tmpl =
> + __ATTR(, 0444, sys_dmi_oem_show, NULL);

I'd be very careful about permissions. OEM strings could contain pretty
much everything, including serial numbers or passwords. Making these
files world-readable doesn't strike me as the best of the ideas.

--
Jean Delvare
SUSE L3 Support

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