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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Modify UEFI anti-bricking code
On 06/02/2013 04:06 AM, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> This patch reworks the UEFI anti-bricking code, including an effective
> reversion of cc5a080c and 31ff2f20. It turns out that calling
> QueryVariableInfo() from boot services results in some firmware
> implementations jumping to physical addresses even after entering virtual
> mode, so until we have 1:1 mappings for UEFI runtime space this isn't
> going to work so well.
> Reverting these gets us back to the situation where we'd refuse to create
> variables on some systems because they classify deleted variables as "used"
> until the firmware triggers a garbage collection run, which they won't do
> until they reach a lower threshold. This results in it being impossible to
> install a bootloader, which is unhelpful.
> Feedback from Samsung indicates that the firmware doesn't need more than
> 5KB of storage space for its own purposes, so that seems like a reasonable
> threshold. However, there's still no guarantee that a platform will attempt
> garbage collection merely because it drops below this threshold. It seems
> that this is often only triggered if an attempt to write generates a
> genuine EFI_OUT_OF_RESOURCES error. We can force that by attempting to
> create a variable larger than the remaining space. This should fail, but if
> it somehow succeeds we can then immediately delete it.
> I've tested this on the UEFI machines I have available, but I don't have
> a Samsung and so can't verify that it avoids the bricking problem.

This patch works well on my Dell Windows 8 logo machine.

This Dell machine will use up ~2K nvram space on each reboot and do
garbage collection at boot time when full. With the new 5K threshold, it
is only a few reboots away from boot time garbage collection anyway.

Run time garbage collection also works. But the write takes 5 seconds.

Lingzhu Xiang

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