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Re: [Xen-devel] HVMLite / PVHv2 - using x86 EFI boot entry

On Fri, Apr 15, 2016 at 3:06 AM, Julien Grall <julien.grall@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 14/04/16 21:56, Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:
>> On Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 03:56:53PM -0400, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk wrote:
>>> But to make that work you have to emulate EFI firmware in the
>>> hypervisor. Is that work you are signing up for?
>> I'll do what is needed, as I have done before. If EFI is on the long
>> term roadmap for ARM perhaps there are a few birds to knock with one
>> stone here. If there is also interest to support other OSes through
>> EFI standard means this also should help make that easier.
> We already have a working solution for EFI on ARM which does not require to
> emulate the firmware in the hypervisor.

I get that.

> On ARM, the EFI stub is communicating with the kernel using device-tree [1].
> Once the EFI stub has ended, the native path (i.e non-UEFI) will be executed
> normally and it won't be possible to use BootServices anymore.
> For the guest, we provide a full support of EFI using OVMF.

I get that as well, is this the long term solution ? That still
requires OVMF, will relying on OVMF always be what is used on Xen ARM
? Was it too much of a burden to require OVMF? Is the upstream OVMF
code pulled by Xen at build time on ARM, or just wget a binary ?

> For DOM0, Xen
> will craft the UEFI system table and the UEFI memory map. The locations of
> those tables will be passed to DOM0 using a tiny device-tree [1] and the
> kernel will boot using the native path. The runtime services for DOM0 will
> be provided via hypercall.

Thanks this helps!

> The DOM0 approach has been discussed for a long time (see [3]) and I believe
> this is better than emulating UEFI firmware in Xen. We want to keep Xen on
> ARM tiny. Adding any sort of emulation will increase the attack surface and
> require more maintenance from our side.

OK thanks, would re-using OVMF (note, DT perhaps may not be ideal for
x86 for the rest though) be a reasonable solution on x86 as an option


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