[flashrom] [coreboot] flashrom-related GSoC 2014 project

Marc Jones marcj303 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 27 00:48:40 CET 2014

On Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 6:53 PM, Stefan Tauner
<stefan.tauner at student.tuwien.ac.at> wrote:
> Marc Jones has replied to my GSoC proposals but I really dislike having
> conversations on the GSoC website and because we will probably need to
> discuss more than just a few corrections, I'll reply here.
> The first proposal is about the end user tool:
> http://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/proposal/review/student/google/gsoc2014/stefant/5870670537818112
> Marc commented:
>> What type of flash or coreboot images would you look at working with? I
>> think that the chromebook , Intel FSP and AMD systems have a number of
>> different blob requirements now. Would it be Intel descriptor aware?
>> What about EFI aware?
> Thank you for your questions. To be honest, I don't know the answers
> yet. I hope Patrick finds time to discuss this here with me in the next
> days/weeks so that I can write a decent specification. In general I
> want to investigate all possibilities to get a good overview about
> essential differences in the work flows and formats. That way I can
> make sure that even if I don't implement them all the code can be
> extended appropriately later.
> I know the Intel layout best so far due to my work on the
> ich_descriptors_tool (which Stepan did not know about when he started
> ifdtool), and flashrom's Intel support. Unifying ifdtool and
> ich_descriptors_tool and making it reusable/"libify" it could be one
> goal of this project. Basically ifdtool supports basic r/w of Intel
> images while ich_descriptors_tool is r/o but dumps lots of extra
> information (softstraps stored in the descriptor region mostly).
> This is not related to the VGABIOS that is (probably?) still stored
> somewhere in the BIOS region? The ME and GbE regions are separate and
> can be copied over easily AFAIK (if they are readable that is :)

ifdtool/descriptor lib  would be great to add as a goal in the
application. Thanks for the clarifications. I think that this is an
interesting project.



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