MdePkg/MdeModulePkg maintainers - any comments?

On Tue, Jan 08, 2019 at 01:28:00AM +0100, Laszlo Ersek wrote:
> On 01/07/19 20:22, Leif Lindholm wrote:
> > On Mon, Jan 07, 2019 at 07:29:47PM +0100, Laszlo Ersek wrote:
> 
> >> The UEFI spec (v2.7) explicitly requires EFI_GUID to be 64-bit aligned,
> >> unless specified otherwise. See in "Table 5. Common UEFI Data Types":
> >>
> >>   EFI_GUID -- 128-bit buffer containing a unique identifier value.
> >>               Unless otherwise specified, aligned on a 64-bit
> >>               boundary.
> > 
> > Indeed.
> > 
> >> Whether edk2 satisfies that, and if so, how (by chance / by general
> >> build flags), I don't know. The code says,
> >>
> >> ///
> >> /// 128 bit buffer containing a unique identifier value.
> >> /// Unless otherwise specified, aligned on a 64 bit boundary.
> >> ///
> >> typedef struct {
> >>   UINT32  Data1;
> >>   UINT16  Data2;
> >>   UINT16  Data3;
> >>   UINT8   Data4[8];
> >> } GUID;
> >>
> >> I think there may have been an expectation in "MdePkg/Include/Base.h"
> >> that the supported compilers would automatically ensure the specified
> >> alignment, given the structure definition.
> > 
> > But that would be expecting things not only not guaranteed by C, but
> > something there is no semantic information suggesting would be useful
> > for the compiler to do above. [...]
> 
> Agreed. I'm not saying the edk2 code is right, just guessing why the
> code might look like it does. This would not be the first silent
> assumption, I think.
> 
> Anyhow, I think it would be better to change the code than the spec.

Of course it would be better to change the code than the spec.

But as Ard points out off-thread, doing (as a hack, with gcc)

diff --git a/MdePkg/Include/Uefi/UefiBaseType.h
b/MdePkg/Include/Uefi/UefiBaseType.h
index 8c9d571eb1..75409f3460 100644
--- a/MdePkg/Include/Uefi/UefiBaseType.h
+++ b/MdePkg/Include/Uefi/UefiBaseType.h
@@ -26,7 +26,7 @@ WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS OF ANY KIND,
EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED.
 ///
 /// 128-bit buffer containing a unique identifier value.
 ///
-typedef GUID                      EFI_GUID;
+typedef GUID                      EFI_GUID __attribute__((aligned (8)));
 ///
 /// Function return status for EFI API.
 ///

breaks Linux boot on ARM (32-bit), since it inserts 32-bits of padding
between ConfigurationTable entries in the system table. So I don't see
how that can realistically be fixed in the EDK2 codebase.

And with things like the EFI_HII_KEYBOARD_LAYOUT struct, if there has
ever been compatibility between EDK2 and commercial BIOSes, then that
struct has always been treated as packed (not just 32-bit aligned
GUIDs), and the spec just needs to reflect reality. If there hasn't,
then indeed the code change here would be trivial.

(Adding Liming as well, since we're now discussing MdePkg also.)

Yes, this discussion belongs on USWG (UEFI specification working group
mailing list), but I want to hear some comment from the package
maintainers first.

Either way, I see a bunch of new SCT tests coming up.

/
    Leif
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