A coreboot image for an Intel SoC contains two separate definitions of the layout of the flash. The Intel Flash Descriptor (IFD) which defines offsets and sizes of various regions of flash and the coreboot FMAP.
The FMAP should define all of the of the regions defined by the IFD to ensure that those regions are accounted for by coreboot and will not be accidentally modified.
The names of the IFD regions in the FMAP should follow the convention of
starting with the prefix
SI_ which stands for
silicon initialization as a
way to categorize anything required by the SoC but not provided by coreboot.
|IFD Region index|IFD Region name|FMAP Name|Notes| |—|—|—|—| |0|Flash Descriptor|SI_DESC|Always the top 4KB of flash| |1|BIOS|SI_BIOS|This is the region that contains coreboot| |2|Intel ME|SI_ME|| |3|Gigabit Ethernet|SI_GBE|| |4|Platform Data|SI_PDR|| |8|EC Firmware|SI_EC|Most Chrome OS devices do not use this region; EC firmware is stored BIOS region of flash|
The ifdtool can be used to manipulate a firmware image with a IFD. This tool will not take into account the FMAP while modifying the image which can lead to unexpected and hard to debug issues with the firmware image. For example if the ME region is defined at 6 MB in the IFD but the FMAP only allocates 4 MB for the ME, then when the ME is added by the ifdtool 6 MB will be written which could overwrite 2 MB of the BIOS.
In order to validate that the FMAP and the IFD are compatible the ifdtool
provides –validate (-t) option.
ifdtool -t will read both the IFD and the
FMAP in the image and for every non empty region in the IFD if that region is
defined in the FMAP but the offset or size is different then the tool will
return an error.
foo@bar:~$ ifdtool -t bad_image.bin Region mismatch between bios and SI_BIOS Descriptor region bios: offset: 0x00400000 length: 0x01c00000 FMAP area SI_BIOS: offset: 0x00800000 length: 0x01800000 Region mismatch between me and SI_ME Descriptor region me: offset: 0x00103000 length: 0x002f9000 FMAP area SI_ME: offset: 0x00103000 length: 0x006f9000 Region mismatch between pd and SI_PDR Descriptor region pd: offset: 0x003fc000 length: 0x00004000 FMAP area SI_PDR: offset: 0x007fc000 length: 0x00004000