EFI changes for v3.9-rc3,

  * A new config option and efivars module parameter have been added to
    allow the efivars pstore backend to be disabled as we're still seeing
    issues on machines despite adding heuristics to workaround known bugs.
    Distributions now have a way to disable EFI variable pstore code
    completely - from Seth Forshee.

  * A couple of efivars patches to workaround quirky implementations
    of GetNextVariableName() which resulted in machines hanging and
    sysfs files being created with garbage names.
efivars: Handle duplicate names from get_next_variable()

Some firmware exhibits a bug where the same VariableName and
VendorGuid values are returned on multiple invocations of
GetNextVariableName(). See,


As a consequence of such a bug, Andre reports hitting the following
WARN_ON() in the sysfs code after updating the BIOS on his, "Gigabyte
Technology Co., Ltd. To be filled by O.E.M./Z77X-UD3H, BIOS F19e
11/21/2012)" machine,

[    0.581554] EFI Variables Facility v0.08 2004-May-17
[    0.584914] ------------[ cut here ]------------
[    0.585639] WARNING: at /home/andre/linux/fs/sysfs/dir.c:536 sysfs_add_one+0xd4/0x100()
[    0.586381] Hardware name: To be filled by O.E.M.
[    0.587123] sysfs: cannot create duplicate filename '/firmware/efi/vars/SbAslBufferPtrVar-01f33c25-764d-43ea-aeea-6b5a41f3f3e8'
[    0.588694] Modules linked in:
[    0.589484] Pid: 1, comm: swapper/0 Not tainted 3.8.0+ #7
[    0.590280] Call Trace:
[    0.591066]  [<ffffffff81208954>] ? sysfs_add_one+0xd4/0x100
[    0.591861]  [<ffffffff810587bf>] warn_slowpath_common+0x7f/0xc0
[    0.592650]  [<ffffffff810588bc>] warn_slowpath_fmt+0x4c/0x50
[    0.593429]  [<ffffffff8134dd85>] ? strlcat+0x65/0x80
[    0.594203]  [<ffffffff81208954>] sysfs_add_one+0xd4/0x100
[    0.594979]  [<ffffffff81208b78>] create_dir+0x78/0xd0
[    0.595753]  [<ffffffff81208ec6>] sysfs_create_dir+0x86/0xe0
[    0.596532]  [<ffffffff81347e4c>] kobject_add_internal+0x9c/0x220
[    0.597310]  [<ffffffff81348307>] kobject_init_and_add+0x67/0x90
[    0.598083]  [<ffffffff81584a71>] ? efivar_create_sysfs_entry+0x61/0x1c0
[    0.598859]  [<ffffffff81584b2b>] efivar_create_sysfs_entry+0x11b/0x1c0
[    0.599631]  [<ffffffff8158517e>] register_efivars+0xde/0x420
[    0.600395]  [<ffffffff81d430a7>] ? edd_init+0x2f5/0x2f5
[    0.601150]  [<ffffffff81d4315f>] efivars_init+0xb8/0x104
[    0.601903]  [<ffffffff8100215a>] do_one_initcall+0x12a/0x180
[    0.602659]  [<ffffffff81d05d80>] kernel_init_freeable+0x13e/0x1c6
[    0.603418]  [<ffffffff81d05586>] ? loglevel+0x31/0x31
[    0.604183]  [<ffffffff816a6530>] ? rest_init+0x80/0x80
[    0.604936]  [<ffffffff816a653e>] kernel_init+0xe/0xf0
[    0.605681]  [<ffffffff816ce7ec>] ret_from_fork+0x7c/0xb0
[    0.606414]  [<ffffffff816a6530>] ? rest_init+0x80/0x80
[    0.607143] ---[ end trace 1609741ab737eb29 ]---

There's not much we can do to work around and keep traversing the
variable list once we hit this firmware bug. Our only solution is to
terminate the loop because, as Lingzhu reports, some machines get
stuck when they encounter duplicate names,

  > I had an IBM System x3100 M4 and x3850 X5 on which kernel would
  > get stuck in infinite loop creating duplicate sysfs files because,
  > for some reason, there are several duplicate boot entries in nvram
  > getting GetNextVariableName into a circle of iteration (with
  > period > 2).

Also disable the workqueue, as efivar_update_sysfs_entries() uses
GetNextVariableName() to figure out which variables have been created
since the last iteration. That algorithm isn't going to work if
GetNextVariableName() returns duplicates. Note that we don't disable
EFI variable creation completely on the affected machines, it's just
that any pstore dump-* files won't appear in sysfs until the next

Reported-by: Andre Heider <a.heider@gmail.com>
Reported-by: Lingzhu Xiang <lxiang@redhat.com>
Tested-by: Lingzhu Xiang <lxiang@redhat.com>
Cc: Seiji Aguchi <seiji.aguchi@hds.com>
Cc: <stable@vger.kernel.org>
Signed-off-by: Matt Fleming <matt.fleming@intel.com>
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