Re: [PATCH] x86/boot: Reorganize and clean up the BIOS area reservation code

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Fri Jul 22 2016 - 21:17:05 EST

On Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 10:00 PM, Matt Fleming <matt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I suppose we could rewrite the page table mapping for those precious
> <1MB regions to coerce the firmware into accessing different pages
> instead of the 1:1 addresses and copy the regions elsewhere. Maybe.
> That assumes we don't hit other firmware bugs though.

.. it also assumes that firmware honors our page tables. Which at a
minimum won't be true for things like SMM, which happens with paging
entirely disabled.

And that's exactly the kind of code that touches some of the memory in
the low 1M region - things like the legacy keyboard state bits in the
low 4kB etc, for crazy old DOS days, iirc.