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acpi: Disable APEI error injection if securelevel is set

ACPI provides an error injection mechanism, EINJ, for debugging and testing
the ACPI Platform Error Interface (APEI) and other RAS features. If
supported by the firmware, ACPI specification 5.0 and later provide for a
way to specify a physical memory address to which to inject the error.

Injecting errors through EINJ can produce errors which to the platform are
indistinguishable from real hardware errors. This can have undesirable
side-effects, such as causing the platform to mark hardware as needing

While it does not provide a method to load unauthenticated privileged code,
the effect of these errors may persist across reboots and affect trust in
the underlying hardware, so disable error injection through EINJ if
securelevel is set.

Signed-off-by: Linn Crosetto <>
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lcrosetto authored and mjg59 committed Mar 16, 2016
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  1. +4 −0 drivers/acpi/apei/einj.c
@@ -29,6 +29,7 @@
#include <linux/nmi.h>
#include <linux/delay.h>
#include <linux/mm.h>
#include <linux/security.h>
#include <asm/unaligned.h>
#include "apei-internal.h"
@@ -521,6 +522,9 @@ static int einj_error_inject(u32 type, u32 flags, u64 param1, u64 param2,
int rc;
u64 base_addr, size;
if (get_securelevel() > 0)
return -EPERM;
/* If user manually set "flags", make sure it is legal */
if (flags && (flags &

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