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[PATCH v3 0/4] arm64: Support HP Envy X2

From: Alexander Graf
Subject: [PATCH v3 0/4] arm64: Support HP Envy X2
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2019 16:27:14 +0100

I got a new toy this week: An HP Envy X2 system. This is one of those shiny
new Qualcomm Snapdragon based Windows tablet/notebook hybrid things.

While running Windows on those is actually not a terribly bad experience now
that WSL is out, I would like to see Linux run on those as well in the future.

Unfortunately as far as I'm aware so far nobody was able to run self built
binaries on the built-in UEFI version.

Turns out, it's a problem with aligning the start of the header to 4k. Once
we do that, binaries can be loaded just fine and run.

The reason behind that is simple: Its firmware tries to ensure NX protection
flags and can do so only when the code is 4K aligned.

So to maintain compatibility with that device, this patch set just bumps the
header alignment to 4K always on arm64-efi and other efi targets. This way we
improve overall compatibility - there surely will be more devices coming with
similar constraints.

We also extend that alignemnt to any section that follows afterwards, to
ensure that other protection mechanisms will have a chance to protect
individual sections with page table bits.

This gets us into alignment with how the MS tools build UEFI applications,
so we should not run into compatibility problems about alignment going forward.

v1 -> v2:

  - Remove explicit device wording from patch

v2 -> v3:

  - Apply alignment to all architectures
  - new patch: mkimage: Align efi sections on 4k boundary

Alexander Graf (4):
  mkimage: Simplify header size logic
  mkimage: Use EFI32_HEADER_SIZE define in arm-efi case
  mkimage: arm64-efi: Align header to page granularity
  mkimage: Align efi sections on 4k boundary

 util/mkimage.c | 27 ++++++++++-----------------
 1 file changed, 10 insertions(+), 17 deletions(-)


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