[SLOF] [PATCH 0/4] Block write support for SCSI and virtio-block disks

Thomas Huth thuth at redhat.com
Mon Nov 14 23:03:23 AEDT 2016

On 14.11.2016 08:53, Nikunj A Dadhania wrote:
> Thomas Huth <thuth at redhat.com> writes:
>> On 14.11.2016 07:32, Nikunj A Dadhania wrote:
>>> My only worry here is that it would open up a way to write to the
>>> critical section of the disk image from the SLOF prompt. Is there a way
>>> we can prevent this?
>> Good idea, I also felt a little bit uneasy to have write support in the
>> firmware, but since GRUB needs it, we likely can't ignore this.
>> So with critical section, you mean the MBR, I assume?
> Yes.
>> That should be feasible, I think I could add a check that refuses
>> writes to the first 512 bytes (or a little bit more to also protect
>> the GPT? Suggestions welcome!).
> Correct. For MBR 1st sector. For GPT (34 sectors in the beginning and 33
> at the end) please refer to the following link for more details
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GUID_Partition_Table

I just had a look at it, but adding code for checking whether the GPT is
available or not (or using the checks from disk-label.fs) would render
the whole checking mechanism quite complicated, as far as I can see...
What about simply refusing write accesses to the first 4 sectors or so?
Would that be OK? I think GRUB should never try to write to them - with
MBR + partition header + file system superblock etc. the grubenv file
should never be located below sector 4.


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