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* [PATCH] efi/x86: Only copy the compressed kernel image in efi_relocate_kernel()
@ 2020-10-11 14:20 Arvind Sankar
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From: Arvind Sankar @ 2020-10-11 14:20 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: linux-efi; +Cc: linux-kernel

The image_size argument to efi_relocate_kernel() is currently specified
as init_size, but this is unnecessarily large. The compressed kernel is
much smaller, in fact, its image only extends up to the start of _bss,
since at this point, the .bss section is still uninitialized.

Depending on compression level, this can reduce the amount of data
copied by 4-5x.

Signed-off-by: Arvind Sankar <>
 drivers/firmware/efi/libstub/x86-stub.c | 5 ++++-
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/drivers/firmware/efi/libstub/x86-stub.c b/drivers/firmware/efi/libstub/x86-stub.c
index 3672539cb96e..f14c4ff5839f 100644
--- a/drivers/firmware/efi/libstub/x86-stub.c
+++ b/drivers/firmware/efi/libstub/x86-stub.c
@@ -715,8 +715,11 @@ unsigned long efi_main(efi_handle_t handle,
 	    (IS_ENABLED(CONFIG_X86_32) && buffer_end > KERNEL_IMAGE_SIZE)    ||
 	    (IS_ENABLED(CONFIG_X86_64) && buffer_end > MAXMEM_X86_64_4LEVEL) ||
 	    (image_offset == 0)) {
+		extern char _bss[];
 		status = efi_relocate_kernel(&bzimage_addr,
-					     hdr->init_size, hdr->init_size,
+					     (unsigned long)_bss - bzimage_addr,
+					     hdr->init_size,

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