[PATCH] Check if BIOS password is present prior to issuing libsmbios commands

Mario Limonciello mario_limonciello at dell.com
Tue Aug 26 15:20:58 PDT 2008


I was made aware of a bug that was present in HAL causing users to get
frequent lockups from their systems when a BIOS password was set.  In
order to work around the issue, I added two patches to libsmbios [1] ,
[2] which is present in the latest libsmbios release (2.0.3) [3].  I
also produced a patch for HAL that uses this added libsmbios support.  
These have both been included in both Ubuntu 8.04 and Ubuntu 8.10 [4]. 
I would like to see them included upstream so that other distributions
can benefit.

[3] http://linux.dell.com/libsmbios/download/libsmbios/libsmbios-2.0.3/
[4] https://bugs.edge.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/libsmbios/+bug/189814
Mario Limonciello
*Dell | Linux Engineering*
mario_limonciello at dell.com
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