[PATCH 2/2] arm64: Extend the kernel command line from the bootloader

Tyler Hicks tyhicks at linux.microsoft.com
Mon Sep 21 15:15:57 EDT 2020

Provide support for additional kernel command line parameters to be
concatenated onto the end of the command line provided by the
bootloader. Additional parameters are specified in the CONFIG_CMDLINE
option when CONFIG_CMDLINE_EXTEND is selected, matching other
architectures and leveraging existing support in the FDT and EFI stub

Special care must be taken for the arch-specific nokaslr parsing. Search
the bootargs FDT property and the CONFIG_CMDLINE when

There are a couple of known use cases for this feature:

1) Switching between stable and development kernel versions, where one
   of the versions benefits from additional command line parameters,
   such as debugging options.
2) Specifying additional command line parameters, for additional tuning
   or debugging, when the bootloader does not offer an interactive mode.

Signed-off-by: Tyler Hicks <tyhicks at linux.microsoft.com>
 arch/arm64/Kconfig        | 23 ++++++++++++++++++++++-
 arch/arm64/kernel/kaslr.c |  9 ++++++++-
 2 files changed, 30 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/arm64/Kconfig b/arch/arm64/Kconfig
index e5eb6a69b1e3..466df3415fff 100644
--- a/arch/arm64/Kconfig
+++ b/arch/arm64/Kconfig
@@ -1864,15 +1864,36 @@ config CMDLINE
 	  entering them here. As a minimum, you should specify the the
 	  root device (e.g. root=/dev/nfs).
+	prompt "Kernel command line type" if CMDLINE != ""
+	help
+	  Choose how the kernel will handle the provided default kernel
+	  command line string.
+	bool "Use bootloader kernel arguments if available"
+	help
+	  Uses the command-line options passed by the boot loader. If
+	  the boot loader doesn't provide any, the default kernel command
+	  string provided in CMDLINE will be used.
+	bool "Extend bootloader kernel arguments"
+	help
+	  The command-line arguments provided by the boot loader will be
+	  appended to the default kernel command string.
 	bool "Always use the default kernel command string"
-	depends on CMDLINE != ""
 	  Always use the default kernel command string, even if the boot
 	  loader passes other arguments to the kernel.
 	  This is useful if you cannot or don't want to change the
 	  command-line options your boot loader passes to the kernel.
 config EFI_STUB
diff --git a/arch/arm64/kernel/kaslr.c b/arch/arm64/kernel/kaslr.c
index 4c779a67c2a6..0921aa1520b0 100644
--- a/arch/arm64/kernel/kaslr.c
+++ b/arch/arm64/kernel/kaslr.c
@@ -71,7 +71,14 @@ static __init bool is_kaslr_disabled_cmdline(void *fdt)
 		prop = fdt_getprop(fdt, node, "bootargs", NULL);
 		if (!prop)
 			goto out;
-		return cmdline_contains_nokaslr(prop);
+		if (cmdline_contains_nokaslr(prop))
+			return true;
+			goto out;
+		return false;
 	return cmdline_contains_nokaslr(CONFIG_CMDLINE);

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