Commit 79da4721 authored by Parag Warudkar's avatar Parag Warudkar Committed by Ingo Molnar
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x86: fix DMI out of memory problems

People with HP Desktops (including me) encounter couple of DMI errors
during boot - dmi_save_oem_strings_devices: out of memory and
dmi_string: out of memory.

On some HP desktops the DMI data include OEM strings (type 11) out of
which only few are meaningful and most other are empty. DMI code
religiously creates copies of these 27 strings (65 bytes each in my
case) and goes OOM in dmi_string().

If DMI_MAX_DATA is bumped up a little then it goes and fails in
dmi_save_oem_strings while allocating dmi_devices of sizeof(struct
dmi_device) corresponding to these strings.

On x86_64 since we cannot use alloc_bootmem this early, the code uses a
static array of 2048 bytes (DMI_MAX_DATA) for allocating the memory DMI
needs. It does not survive the creation of empty strings and devices.

Fix this by detecting and not newly allocating empty strings and instead
using a one statically defined dmi_empty_string.

Also do not create a new struct dmi_device for each empty string - use
one statically define dmi_device with .name=dmi_empty_string and add
that to the dmi_devices list.

On x64 this should stop the OOM with same current size of DMI_MAX_DATA
and on x86 this should save a good amount of (27*65 bytes +
27*sizeof(struct dmi_device) bootmem.

Compile and boot tested on both 32-bit and 64-bit x86.

Signed-off-by: default avatarParag Warudkar <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarIngo Molnar <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarThomas Gleixner <>
parent aca46ba2
......@@ -8,6 +8,8 @@
#include <linux/slab.h>
#include <asm/dmi.h>
static char dmi_empty_string[] = " ";
static char * __init dmi_string(const struct dmi_header *dm, u8 s)
const u8 *bp = ((u8 *) dm) + dm->length;
......@@ -21,11 +23,16 @@ static char * __init dmi_string(const struct dmi_header *dm, u8 s)
if (*bp != 0) {
str = dmi_alloc(strlen(bp) + 1);
size_t len = strlen(bp)+1;
size_t cmp_len = len > 8 ? 8 : len;
if (!memcmp(bp, dmi_empty_string, cmp_len))
return dmi_empty_string;
str = dmi_alloc(len);
if (str != NULL)
strcpy(str, bp);
printk(KERN_ERR "dmi_string: out of memory.\n");
printk(KERN_ERR "dmi_string: cannot allocate %Zu bytes.\n", len);
......@@ -175,12 +182,23 @@ static void __init dmi_save_devices(const struct dmi_header *dm)
static struct dmi_device empty_oem_string_dev = {
.name = dmi_empty_string,
static void __init dmi_save_oem_strings_devices(const struct dmi_header *dm)
int i, count = *(u8 *)(dm + 1);
struct dmi_device *dev;
for (i = 1; i <= count; i++) {
char *devname = dmi_string(dm, i);
if (!strcmp(devname, dmi_empty_string)) {
list_add(&empty_oem_string_dev.list, &dmi_devices);
dev = dmi_alloc(sizeof(*dev));
if (!dev) {
......@@ -189,7 +207,7 @@ static void __init dmi_save_oem_strings_devices(const struct dmi_header *dm)
dev->name = dmi_string(dm, i);
dev->name = devname;
dev->device_data = NULL;
list_add(&dev->list, &dmi_devices);
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