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Subject[RFC PATCH v3 3/3] acpi: apei: Warn when GHES marks correctable errors as "fatal"
There seems to be a culture amongst BIOS teams to want to crash the
OS when an error can't be handled in firmware. Marking GHES errors as
"fatal" is a very common way to do this.

However, a number of errors reported by GHES may be fatal in the sense
a device or link is lost, but are not fatal to the system. When there
is a disagreement with firmware about the handleability of an error,
print a warning message.

Signed-off-by: Alexandru Gagniuc <>
drivers/acpi/apei/ghes.c | 6 ++++++
1 file changed, 6 insertions(+)

diff --git a/drivers/acpi/apei/ghes.c b/drivers/acpi/apei/ghes.c
index 8ccb9cc10fc8..34d0da692dd0 100644
--- a/drivers/acpi/apei/ghes.c
+++ b/drivers/acpi/apei/ghes.c
@@ -539,6 +539,12 @@ static void ghes_do_proc(struct ghes *ghes,
sec_sev, err,
+ }
+ if ((sev >= GHES_SEV_PANIC) && (ghes_actual_severity(ghes) < sev)) {
+ pr_warn("FIRMWARE BUG: Firmware sent fatal error that we were able to correct");
+ pr_warn("BROKEN FIRMWARE: Complain to your hardware vendor");

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