RE: [PATCH v3 0/3] Enable a capsule loader interface for user to update

From: Kweh, Hock Leong
Date: Sun Apr 12 2015 - 04:38:33 EST

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Borislav Petkov [mailto:bp@xxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: Friday, April 10, 2015 9:58 PM
> On Sat, Apr 11, 2015 at 03:40:41AM +0800, Kweh, Hock Leong wrote:
> > From: "Kweh, Hock Leong" <hock.leong.kweh@xxxxxxxxx>
> >
> > Hi Guys,
> >
> > This patchset is created on top of "efi: Capsule update support" patch:
> >
> >
> > It expose a sysfs loader interface for user to upload the capsule binary
> > and calling efi_capsule_update() API to pass the binary to EFI firmware.
> What I'm missing from those 0/n mails is why we need this? What is
> the problem you're trying to solve and why is Peter's userspace-only
> solution not enough.
> Now I have a fairly good idea why we might/could/would need the kernel
> interface but I don't believe the every reader has followed the whole
> discussion.
> So please start with the Why. Try to sell it to me as best as you can.
> Details will be discussed later anyway.
> Thanks.

Hi Borislav,

I will make the summary, for more detail, you can refer to the threads here:

- Kernel interface could provide more flexibility than just firmware updates.
- For embedded small foot print devices, not all vendors are affordable to include all userland tools to their product.
- Not all platform support ESRT.