[RFC PATCH 00/13][V3] kexec: A new system call to allow in kernel loading

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Fri Jun 6 13:37:26 PDT 2014

On 06/06/2014 12:37 AM, Dave Young wrote:
> On 06/05/14 at 11:01am, Vivek Goyal wrote:
>> On Thu, Jun 05, 2014 at 04:31:34PM +0800, Dave Young wrote:
>> [..]
>>>> +	ret = kexec_file_load(kernel_fd, info.initrd_fd, info.command_line,
>>>> +			info.command_line_len, info.kexec_flags);
>>> Vivek,
>>> I tried your patch on my uefi test machine, but kexec load fails like below:
>>> [root at localhost ~]# kexec -l /boot/vmlinuz-3.15.0-rc8+ --use-kexec2-syscall
>>> Could not find a free area of memory of 0xa000 bytes ...
>> Hi Dave,
>> I think this message is coming from kexec-tools from old loading path. I
>> think somehow new path did not even kick in. I tried above and I got
>> -EBADF as I did not pass initrd. Can you run gdb on kexec and see if
>> you are getting to syscall or run strace.
> Seems I can not reproduce the local hole fail issue but I'm sure it happens
> before the new syscall callback.
> This time I got -ENOEXEC. It's caused by CONFIG_EFI_MIXED=y. In case EFI_MIXED
> 64bit kernel runs on 32bit efi firmware thus XLF_CAN_BE_LOADED_ABOVE_4G is not
> set thus bzImage probe will fail with NOEXEC.

OK... this is seriously problematic.

#if defined(CONFIG_RELOCATABLE) && defined(CONFIG_X86_64) && \
   /* kernel/boot_param/ramdisk could be loaded above 4g */
# define XLF1 0

The fact that even compiling with CONFIG_EFI_MIXED disables
XLF_CAN_BE_LOADED_ABOVE_4G is really not going to fly.  We should expect
CONFIG_EFI_MIXED to be the norm, but *also* should expect that there is
a legitimate need to load above 4G.

Matt, could you explain why this is necessary?  We need to figure out a
way around this.

My thinking is that disabling this flag is unnecessary, since a 32-bit
EFI loader should not load above the 4G mark anyway, but if I'm confused
and there is a more fundamental requirement, then we need to consider
that more carefully.


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