On 02/12/2018 02:45 PM, Kevin O'Connor wrote:
On Fri, Feb 09, 2018 at 03:19:31PM -0500, Stefan Berger wrote:
I have played around with this patch and some modifications to EDK2. Though
for EDK2 the question is whether to try to circumvent their current
implementation that uses SMM or use SMM. With this patch so far I circumvent
it, which is maybe not a good idea.

The facts for EDK2's PPI:

- from within the OS a PPI code is submitted to ACPI and ACPI enters SMM via
an SMI and the PPI code is written into a UEFI variable. For this ACPI uses
the memory are at 0xFFFF 0000 to pass parameters from the OS (via ACPI) to
SMM. This is declared in ACPI with an OperationRegion() at that address.
Once the machine is rebooted, UEFI reads the variable and finds the PPI code
and reacts to it.
I'm a bit confused by this.  The top 1M of the first 4G of ram is
generally mapped to the flash device on real machines.  Indeed, this
is part of the mechanism used to boot an X86 machine - it starts
execution from flash at 0xfffffff0.  This is true even on modern

So, it seems strange that UEFI is pushing a code through a memory
device at 0xffff0000.  I can't see how that would be portable.  Are
you sure the memory write to 0xffff0000 is not just a trigger to
invoke the SMI?

I base this on the code here:


OperationRegion (TNVS, SystemMemory, 0xFFFF0000, 0xF0)

It sounds as if the ultimate TPM interface that must be supported is
the ACPI DSDT methods.  Since you're crafting the DSDT table yourself,
why does there need to be two different backends - why can't the same
mechanism be used for both SeaBIOS and UEFI?  Is this because you are
looking to reuse TPM code already in UEFI that requires a specific

UEFI uses SMM to write the PPI code into a UEFI variable that it then presumably stores back to NVRAM. With SeaBIOS I would go the path of having the ACPI code write the code in the OperationRegion() and leave it at that, so not invoke SMM. EDK2 also reads the result of the operation from a register that SMM uses to pass a return value through. We wouldn't need that for SeaBIOS.



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