[coreboot] Rettungsboot

Trammell Hudson hudson at trmm.net
Mon Nov 28 02:09:19 CET 2016

On Sun, Nov 27, 2016 at 07:30:07PM -0500, Charlotte Plusplus wrote:
> [...]
> With the amount of flash we have, sharing the kernel and initrd doesn't
> seem like a bad idea.

The problem is if a bad kernel or initrd is flashed then there is no
way to recover without hardware intervention.  Having a truly minimal
recovery kernel with USB and a spiflash writer makes it possible
to boot into some sort of mode to reocver from that failure.

For both root of trust as well as reliability concerns, the recovery
image at the top of the SPI flash should be read-only with the BP bits
and the WP# pin enabled.  That way hardware is required to really mess
it up.


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