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Date:   Tue, 21 Aug 2018 15:39:04 +0200
From:   Ard Biesheuvel <>
To:     Dave Young <>
Cc:     Mike Galbraith <>, Baoquan He <>,
        Sebastian Andrzej Siewior <>,
        lkml <>,
        Kexec Mailing List <>,
        linux-efi <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] x86, kdump: Fix efi=noruntime NULL pointer dereference

On 9 August 2018 at 11:13, Dave Young <> wrote:
> On 08/09/18 at 09:33am, Mike Galbraith wrote:
>> On Thu, 2018-08-09 at 12:21 +0800, Dave Young wrote:
>> > Hi Mike,
>> >
>> > Thanks for the patch!
>> > On 08/08/18 at 04:03pm, Mike Galbraith wrote:
>> > > When booting with efi=noruntime, we call efi_runtime_map_copy() while
>> > > loading the kdump kernel, and trip over a NULL  Avoid
>> > > that and a useless allocation when the only mapping we can use (1:1)
>> > > is not available.
>> >
>> > At first glance, efi_get_runtime_map_size should return 0 in case
>> > noruntime.
>> What efi does internally at unmap time is to leave everything except
>> untouched, setting it to NULL and turning off EFI_MEMMAP,
>> rendering accessors useless/unsafe without first checking
> Probably the x86 efi_init should reset nr_map to zero in case runtime is
> disabled.  But let's see how Ard thinks about this and cc linux-efi.
> As for efi_get_runtime_map_size, it was introduced for x86 kexec use.
> for copying runtime maps,  so I think it is reasonable this function
> return zero in case no runtime.

I don't see the patch in the context so I cannot comment in great detail.

In any case, it is better to decouple EFI_MEMMAP from EFI_RUNTIME
dependencies. On x86, one may imply the other, but this is not
generally the case.

That means that efi_get_runtime_map_size() should probably check the
EFI_RUNTIME flag, and return 0 if it is cleared. Perhaps there are
other places where EFI_MEMMAP flag checks are missing, but I consider
that a separate issue.

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