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ACPI 6.2 errata A released

FWTS is the recommended ACPI test tool by the UEFI Forum!

Here’s the info from the changelog:
Missing space in title of ACPI RAS Feature Table (RASF)
Typos in Extended PCC subspaces (types 3 and 4)
Add a new NFIT Platform Capabilities Structure
PPTT ID Type Structure offsets
Remove bits 2-4 in the Platform RAS Capabilities Bitmaptable
Region Format Interface Code description
Remove support for multiple GICD structures
PDTT typos and PPTT reference Revision History
Minor correction to Trigger Action Table
General Purpose Event Handling flow

http://uefi.org/specifications

If you really want to understand what has changed in the ACPI and UEFI specs, you need to join the UEFI Forum, so you can access the Mantis bug database and understand what the Mantis numbers in the ACPI and UEFI spec revision history refer to…

 

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Firmware Test Suite 17.09.00 released

FWTS 17.09.00 has been released. New UEFI, ACPI, and IPMI features. MANY bugfixes, see the full announcement.

New Features:
* ACPICA: Update to version 20170831
* dmi: dmicheck: Add BMC Interface Type definitions from IPMI spec
* lib: fwts_acpi_tables: add a new function to check Reserved field
* lib: fwts_acpi_tables: add a new function to check reserved bits
* efi_runtime: add resetsystem runtime service

http://fwts.ubuntu.com/release/fwts-V17.09.00.tar.gz
https://launchpad.net/~firmware-testing-team/+archive/ubuntu/ppa-fwts-stable
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/FirmwareTestSuite/ReleaseNotes/17.09.00
https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/fwts

https://lists.01.org/pipermail/luv/2017-September/002089.html

 

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FWTS 17.08.00 released, many new ACPI tests

FWTS 17.08.00 is released. New Features:

* ACPICA: Update to version 20170728
* New ACPI tests defined by ACPI 6.2
* acpi: sdei: add ACPI SDEI test (mantis 1714)
* acpi: pcct: refactor subspace to individual functions
* acpi: pcct: update PCCT table to ACPI 6.2 (mantis 1659 & 1755)
* acpi: dppt: add ACPI DPPT test (mantis 1795)
* acpi: pptt: add ACPI PPTT test
* acpi: hmat: add ACPI HMAT test (mantis 1705)
* acpi: method: add _LSI test according to ACPI 6.2 (mantis 1721)
* acpi: madt: Add support for ACPI 6.2
* New tests for SBBR
* acpi: fadt: add SBBR compliance tests
* acpi: madt: add SBBR compliance tests
* acpi: spcr: add SBBR compliance tests
* acpi: xsdt: add SBBR compliance tests
* acpi: dbg2: add SBBR compliance tests
* acpi: gtdt: add SBBR compliance tests
* acpi: acpitables: add SBBR compliance tests
* dmi: dmicheck: add SBBR compliance tests
* acpi: method: add SBBR compliance tests
* acpi: rsdp: add SBBR compliance tests
* acpi: sbbr: sync up with new SBBR tests

http://fwts.ubuntu.com/release/fwts-V17.08.00.tar.gz
https://launchpad.net/~firmware-testing-team/+archive/ubuntu/ppa-fwts-stable
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/FirmwareTestSuite/ReleaseNotes/17.08.00
https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/fwts

 

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Firmware Test Suite 17.07.00 released

Today Alex Hung of Canonical announced the latest release of FWTS. The list of New Features appears to all be ACPI-centric:

* acpi: bgrt: update according to acpi 6.1 errata (mantis 1577)
* acpi: method: update _PSD and _TSD tests according to ACPI 6.1 errata
* acpi: rsdp: revision 1 must have length 20 according to ACPI 6.1 errata
* acpi: method: Add _CPC revision 3 according to ACPI 6.2 (mantis 1611)
* acpi: hest: add new type 11 introduced in ACPI 6.2 (mantis 1649)
* acpi: srat: add new type 4 according to ACPI 6.2 (mantis 1656)
* acpi: method: update _GCP according to ACPI 6.2 (mantis 1703)
* acpi: hest: add notification type 11 according to ACPI 6.2 (mantis 1731)
* acpi: fadt: update minor version to 2 for ACPI 6.2 (mantis 1769)
* acpi: hest: add checks for GHES_ASSIST flag value in ACPI 6.2 (mantis 1674)
* acpi: wsmt: add wsmt test according to ACPI 6.2 (mantis 1585)
* ACPICA: Update to version 20170629
* acpi: tpm2: Add additional start method values
* acpi: iort: Add PMCG support

See the full announcement for list of Fixed Bugs (which aren’t ACPI-centric).

https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/fwts
http://fwts.ubuntu.com/release/fwts-V17.07.00.tar.gz
https://launchpad.net/~firmware-testing-team/+archive/ubuntu/ppa-fwts-stable
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/FirmwareTestSuite/ReleaseNotes/17.07.00

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Intel releases LUV (Linux UEFI Validation) v2.1

Today Ricardo Neri of Intel announced the 2.1 release of LUV. In additon to updating Linux to v4.11, FWTS to V17.06.00, CHIPSEC to v1.3.1, BITS to v2079, and NDCTL v56, they also started doing nightly builds. Here are some of the other highlights of this release, from the announcement:

Gayatri Kammela won the prize of the most active contributor with many bug fixes and a new feature. She fixed our netboot image, which was missing the ramdisk(!). She added support for debugging and logging of BITS output via network. Likewise, she reworked the LUV configuration file to make more sense to both humans and computers by making clear when parameters are not used. She also investigated and fixed dependencies in systemd that caused delays in the execution of tests. Lastly, she fixed a couple of build-time bugs.

Naresh Bhat updated our Linux kernel recipe to retrieve the kernel configuration directly from the source tree rather than manually updating it. This helped us to remove those eyesore patches for updating our configuration that needed to be sent every time we bumped to a new kernel version. The overall result looks great and is closer to the intended use of the kernel and Yocto Projects’s scripts to merge multiple configuration fragments. I took this opportunity to sanitize the configuration for x86 to add missing configurations and reorganize them.

Sai Praneeth Prakhya added functionality to dump relevant and useful dumps as part of the testing results. Now LUV is capable of dumping the kernel’s boot log, the contents of the ACPI tables as well as the properties of the CPUs in the system. Very useful! Also, he helped us to bump to Linux v4.11. He also took burden of rebasing our implementation to detect firmware’s illegal memory access in this new version of Linux.

Matt Hart updated our GRUB configuration to automate boots across all CPU architectures by not waiting for human intervention to complete boots.

See the full announcement for lists of Known and Fixed Issues:
https://lists.01.org/mailman/listinfo/luv

In addition to stuff mentioned in LUV announcement, LUV also did some updates to how LUV calls CHIPSEC, see these posts:
https://lists.01.org/pipermail/chipsec/2017-July/thread.html

These days, LUV-live ships with BIOS MBR or UEFI GPT partition types, local or network boot types, and x86 or x64 architecture type, multiple choices for the image:
https://download.01.org/linux-uefi-validation/v2.1/
https://download.01.org/linux-uefi-validation/v2.1/sha256sums.asc

 

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UEFI Forum recommends FWTS for it’s ACPI tests

FWTS has had ACPI tests for a while, and it’s basically the best public set of ACPI tests available. Better than anything the UEFI Forum has, like the SCTs. They’ve been using FWTS in the UEFI plugfests for a while, for ACPI purposes. Now the UEFI Forum is more formally recommending FWTS. Alex Hung of Canonical announces a new milestone for FWTS, the FirmWare Test Suite:

FWTS 17.03.00 is recommended as the ACPI 6.1 SCT

We have achieved another important milestone! The UEFI Board of Directors recommends Firmware Test Suite (FWTS) release 17.03.00 as the ACPI v6.1 Self-Certification Test (SCT), More information is available at:
http://www.uefi.org/testtools
Thank you all for who contributed patches, reported bugs, provided feedbacks and used FWTS in your work.

Thanks, FWTS, for having the best ACPI tests available!

 

Full announcement:
https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/fwts-announce

 

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FWTS 17.06.00 released

Alex Hung of Canonical.com announced the 17.06.00 release of FWTS (FirmWare Test Suite).

New Features:
* ACPICA: Update to version 20170531
* olog: olog.json: Update OPAL skiboot errors to check on olog scan
* bios: mtrr: print out actual default type of MTRR

See the full announcement for the list of bugs fixed in this release.

https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/fwts
http://fwts.ubuntu.com/release/fwts-V17.06.00.tar.gz
https://launchpad.net/~firmware-testing-team/+archive/ubuntu/ppa-fwts-stable
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/FirmwareTestSuite/ReleaseNotes/17.06.00

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