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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/4] Enabling secure boot on PowerNV systems
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On 4/2/19 4:36 PM, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 2, 2019 at 11:15 AM Claudio Carvalho <cclaudio@linux.ibm.com> wrote:
>> 1. Enable efivarfs by selecting CONFIG_EFI in the CONFIG_OPAL_SECVAR
>> introduced in this patch set. With CONFIG_EFIVAR_FS, userspace tools can
>> be used to manage the secure variables.
> efivarfs has some pretty significant behavioural semantics that
> directly reflect the EFI specification. Using it to expose non-EFI
> variable data feels like it's going to increase fragility - there's a
> risk that we'll change things in a way that makes sense for the EFI
> spec but breaks your use case. Is the desire to use efivarfs to
> maintain consistency with existing userland tooling, or just to avoid
> having a separate filesystem?
>
We want to use the efivarfs for compatibility with existing userspace
tools. We will track and match any EFI changes that affect us.

Our use case is restricted to secure boot - this is not going to be a
general purpose EFI variable implementation.

Claudio


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