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SubjectRe: [PATCH v12 00/16] Introduce support for Dell SMBIOS over WMI
On Wed, Nov 01, 2017 at 02:25:21PM -0500, Mario Limonciello wrote:
> The existing way that the dell-smbios helper module and associated
> other drivers (dell-laptop, dell-wmi) communicate with the platform
> really isn't secure. It requires creating a buffer in physical
> DMA32 memory space and passing that to the platform via SMM.
> Since the platform got a physical memory pointer, you've just got
> to trust that the platform has only modified (and accessed) memory
> within that buffer.
> Dell Platform designers recognize this security risk and offer a
> safer way to communicate with the platform over ACPI. This is
> in turn exposed via a WMI interface to the OS.
> When communicating over WMI-ACPI the communication doesn't occur
> with physical memory pointers. When the ASL is invoked, the fixed
> length ACPI buffer is copied to a small operating region. The ASL
> will invoke the SMI, and SMM will only have access to this operating
> region. When the ASL returns the buffer is copied back for the OS
> to process.
> This method of communication should also deprecate the usage of the
> dcdbas kernel module and software dependent upon it's interface.
> Instead offer a character device interface for communicating with this
> ASL method to allow userspace to use instead.
> To faciliate that this patch series introduces a generic way for WMI
> drivers to be able to create discoverable character devices with
> a predictable IOCTL interface through the WMI bus when desired.
> Requiring WMI drivers to explicitly ask for this functionality will
> act as an effective vendor whitelist to character device creation.
> Some of this work is the basis for what will be a proper interpreter
> of MOF in the kernel and controls for what drivers will be able to
> do with that MOF.
> NOTE: This patch series is intended to go on top of platform-drivers-x86
> linux-next.
> For convenience the entire series including those is also available here:

Queued for testing, thanks Mario.

Darren Hart
VMware Open Source Technology Center

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