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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/2] efi: Add embedded peripheral firmware support
On Tue, Apr 03, 2018 at 08:07:11PM +0200, Lukas Wunner wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 03, 2018 at 10:33:25AM +0200, Hans de Goede wrote:
> > I asked Peter Jones for suggestions how to extract this during boot and
> > he suggested seeing if there was a copy of the firmware in the
> > EFI_BOOT_SERVICES_CODE memory segment, which it turns out there is.
> >
> > My patch to add support for this contains a table of device-model (dmi
> > strings), firmware header (first 64 bits), length and crc32 and then if
> > we boot on a device-model which is in the table the code scans the
> > EFI_BOOT_SERVICES_CODE for the prefix, if found checks the crc and
> > caches the firmware for later use by request-firmware.
> >
> > So I just do a brute-force search for the firmware, this really is hack,
> > nothing standard about it I'm afraid. But it works on 4 different x86
> > tablets I have and makes the touchscreen work OOTB on them, so I believe
> > it is a worthwhile hack to have.
> The EFI Firmware Volume contains a kind of filesystem with files
> identified by GUIDs. Those files include EFI drivers, ACPI tables,
> DMI data and so on. It is actually quite common for vendors to
> also include device firmware on the Firmware Volume. Apple is doing
> this to ship firmware updates e.g. for the GMUX controller found on
> dual GPU MacBook Pros. If they want to update the controller's
> firmware, they include it in a BIOS update, and an EFI driver checks
> on boot if the firmware update for the controller is necessary and
> if so, flashes it.
> The firmware files you're looking for are almost certainly included
> on the Firmware Volume as individual files.

What Hans implemented seems to have been for a specific x86 hack, best if we
confirm if indeed they are present on the Firmware Volume.

> Rather than scraping
> the EFI memory for firmware, I think it would be cleaner and more
> elegant if you just retrieve the files you're interested in from
> the Firmware Volume.
> We're doing something similar with Apple EFI properties, see
> 58c5475aba67 and c9cc3aaa0281.
> Basically what you need to do to implement this approach is:
> * Determine the GUIDs used by vendors for the files you're interested
> in. Either dump the Firmware Volume or take an EFI update as
> shipped by the vendor, then feed it to UEFIExtract:
> * Add the EFI Firmware Volume Protocol to include/linux/efi.h:
> * Amend arch/x86/boot/compressed/eboot.c to read the files with the
> GUIDs you're interested in into memory and pass the files to the
> kernel as setup_data payloads.
> * Once the kernel has booted, make the files you've retrieved
> available to device drivers as firmware blobs.

Happen to know if devices using Firmware Volumes also sign their firmware
and if hw checks the firmware at load time?


> The end result is mostly the same as what you're doing here,
> and you'll also have a similar array of structs, but instead
> of hardcoding 8-byte signatures of firmware files, you'll be
> using GUIDs. I envision lots of interesting use cases for
> a generic Firmware Volume file retrieval mechanism. What you
> need to keep in mind though is that this approach only works
> if the kernel is booted via the EFI stub.
> Thanks,
> Lukas

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