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SubjectRe: [PATCH v7 1/8] efi: Export boot-services code and data as debugfs-blobs
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Hi,

On 09-10-2019 15:35, Ard Biesheuvel wrote:
> On Wed, 9 Oct 2019 at 15:18, Hans de Goede <hdegoede@redhat.com> wrote:
>>
>> Hi,
>>
>> On 09-10-2019 15:07, Ard Biesheuvel wrote:
>>> On Fri, 4 Oct 2019 at 16:51, Hans de Goede <hdegoede@redhat.com> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Sometimes it is useful to be able to dump the efi boot-services code and
>>>> data. This commit adds these as debugfs-blobs to /sys/kernel/debug/efi,
>>>> but only if efi=debug is passed on the kernel-commandline as this requires
>>>> not freeing those memory-regions, which costs 20+ MB of RAM.
>>>>
>>>> Reviewed-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org>
>>>> Acked-by: Ard Biesheuvel <ard.biesheuvel@linaro.org>
>>>> Signed-off-by: Hans de Goede <hdegoede@redhat.com>
>>>> ---
>>>> Changes in v5:
>>>> -Rename the EFI_BOOT_SERVICES flag to EFI_PRESERVE_BS_REGIONS
>>>>
>>>> Changes in v4:
>>>> -Add new EFI_BOOT_SERVICES flag and use it to determine if the boot-services
>>>> memory segments are available (and thus if it makes sense to register the
>>>> debugfs bits for them)
>>>>
>>>> Changes in v2:
>>>> -Do not call pr_err on debugfs call failures
>>>> ---
>>>> arch/x86/platform/efi/efi.c | 1 +
>>>> arch/x86/platform/efi/quirks.c | 4 +++
>>>> drivers/firmware/efi/efi.c | 53 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>>>> include/linux/efi.h | 1 +
>>>> 4 files changed, 59 insertions(+)
>>>>
>>>> diff --git a/arch/x86/platform/efi/efi.c b/arch/x86/platform/efi/efi.c
>>>> index c202e1b07e29..847730f7e74b 100644
>>>> --- a/arch/x86/platform/efi/efi.c
>>>> +++ b/arch/x86/platform/efi/efi.c
>>>> @@ -232,6 +232,7 @@ int __init efi_memblock_x86_reserve_range(void)
>>>> efi.memmap.desc_version);
>>>>
>>>> memblock_reserve(pmap, efi.memmap.nr_map * efi.memmap.desc_size);
>>>> + set_bit(EFI_PRESERVE_BS_REGIONS, &efi.flags);
>>>
>>> Should we add a Kconfig symbol to opt into this behavior [set by the
>>> driver in question], instead of always preserving all boot services
>>> regions on all x86 systems?
>>
>> This bit does not control anything, it merely signals that the arch early
>> boot EFI code keeps the boot-services code around, which is something
>> which the x86 code already does. Where as e.g. on arm / aarch64 this is
>> freed early on, this ties in with the other bits:
>>
>>>
>>>>
>>>> return 0;
>>>> }
>>>> diff --git a/arch/x86/platform/efi/quirks.c b/arch/x86/platform/efi/quirks.c
>>>> index 3b9fd679cea9..fab12ebf0ada 100644
>>>> --- a/arch/x86/platform/efi/quirks.c
>>>> +++ b/arch/x86/platform/efi/quirks.c
>>>> @@ -411,6 +411,10 @@ void __init efi_free_boot_services(void)
>>>> int num_entries = 0;
>>>> void *new, *new_md;
>>>>
>>>> + /* Keep all regions for /sys/kernel/debug/efi */
>>>> + if (efi_enabled(EFI_DBG))
>>>> + return;
>>>> +
>>
>> This is the point where normally on x86 we do actually free the boot-services
>> code which is a lot later then on other arches. And this new code actually
>> does change things to keep the boot-services code *forever* but only
>> if EFI debugging is enabled on the kernel commandline.
>>
>
> I get this part. But at some point, your driver is going to expect
> this memory to be preserved even if EFI_DBG is not set, right? My
> question was whether we should only opt into that if such a driver is
> enabled in the first place.

Ah, I see. No even with CONFIG_EFI_EMBEDDED_FIRMWARE selected, the
boot-services code still gets free-ed. The efi_get_embedded_fw()
function from drivers/firmware/efi/embedded-firmware.c runs before
efi_free_boot_services() and it memdup-s any found firmwares, so it
does not cause the EFI boot-services code to stick around longer
then usual.

The only thing which does cause it to stick around is enabling
EFI debugging with efi=debug, so that the various efi segments
(not only the code-services ones) can be inspected as debugfs
blobs.

Basically this first patch of the series is independent of the
rest. It is part of the series, because adding new
efi_embedded_fw_desc structs to the table of firmwares to check
for becomes a lot easier when we can easily inspect the efi
segments and see if they contain the firmware we want.


As for Kconfig options, the compiling of
drivers/firmware/efi/embedded-firmware.c is controlled by
CONFIG_EFI_EMBEDDED_FIRMWARE which is a hidden option, which
can be selected by code which needs this. currently this is
only selected by CONFIG_TOUCHSCREEN_DMI which is defined
in drivers/platform/x86/Kconfig.

Regards,

Hans

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