2.6 Creating EFI Images

2.6.1 Compiling Code

EDK II modules include both libraries, drivers and applications. Library modules are compiled and linked as static libraries. Drivers and applications are compiled to object files, then linked with the static libraries they require. After the static image has been created, the resulting image is run through the dynamic linker to generate the relocateable binary images (DLL). All EFI images must be formatted PE32/PE32+/COFF.
Note: ELF images created by GCC on UNIX-based systems need additional processing to convert the image into the PE32+/COFF format.
Since UEFI/PI images are not standard executables, these dynamically linked (DLL) files must be processed to become UEFI/PI compliant images. This processing involves replacing the standard header with an EFI header that reflects the EFI_SECTION type. Prior to creating the EFI section files, PEI Foundation and PEIM images may be processed into either a terse image, or have the .reloc section removed (for images that will always execute directly from ROM).

2.6.2 Creating a Terse Image

The following is an partial view of the process; omissions may exist.
To create a Terse image:
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    The DOS, PE and/or optional headers must be replaced with a minimal header. The TE header will have a signature of "VZ". Per the PE/COFF specification, at offset 0x3C in the file is a 32-bit offset (from the start of the file) to the PE signature, which always follows the MSDOS stub. The PE signature is immediately followed by the COFF file header.
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    After verifying the DOS header's magic number (0x5A4D), the PE signature ("PE\0\0")is verified, then obtains the Machine type from the optional header's subsystem field.
    • Since this process removes bytes from the file, the number of bytes stripped must be calculated based on the location of the PESigOffset (0x3C) plus the 4 bytes containing the offset pointer plus the size of the Coff header plus the size of any Optional Header (from the Coff header's SizeOfOptionalHeader).
    • The number of bytes stripped must always be less than 64K bytes. The original file size minus the number of bytes stripped is then inserted into the TE header's StrippedSize value.
    • The optional header's magic number is used to determine whether the Optional Header data structure is IPF (EFI_OPTIONAL_IMAGE_HEADER64) or non-IPF (EFI_OPTIONAL_IMAGE_HEADER32) .
    • Using the correct optional header format, the TE header's AddressOfEntryPoint is set to the optional header's AddressOfEntryPoint. Additionally, the Subsystem entry from the optional header's Subsystem entry will be packed into one byte.
    • Additional entries, BaseOfCode and ImageBase in the TE header come from the optional Header. If the optional header's NumberOfRvaAndSizes is greater than 0, then the relocation data from the optional header DataDirectory[0].VirtualAddress and Size is set based on the content of the optional header's DataDirectory[0] values.
    • Likewise, if the NumberOfRvaAndSizes is greater than 1, then the debug data from the optional header's DataDirectory[1].VirtualAddress and Size is set in the TE header's DataDirectory[1] entry.
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    As a last step before creating the image, the COFF header specifies the value of the NumberOfSections in the file which needs to be packed into a single byte of the TE header. The number of sections must be less than 255 for this to succeed.
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    After the header is created, then the rest of the original image - all header information stripped is appended to the TE header.
Figure 10 shows the relationship of original image to the TE image.

Figure 12 Standard Image to Terse Image Comparison

2.6.3 Removing .reloc sections

Removing the relocation section of either a PE or TE image can only be done if the .reloc section is at the end of the file. While most .reloc sections are fairly small in comparison to the other sections of the files, removing all of the .reloc sections in combination with using Terse images for the PEI foundation and PEIMs that do not register for shadow (see UEFI/PI specs) can shrink a platform image by several hundred bytes.
For a TE image, the file size (StrippedSize) is adjusted by subtracting the length of the .reloc section. The DataDirectory[0] VirtualAddress is set to 0, as is the Size parameter.
Removing the relocation section of a PE image is slightly more complicated. The PE32+ image header (which contains both the EFI_IMAGE_DOS_SIGNATURE - 0x5A4D and an EFI_IMAGE_NT_SIGNATURE - 0x00004545) will be modified by setting the EFI_IMAGE_FILE_HEADER Characteristics' EFI_IMAGE_FILE_RELOCS_STRIPPED bit. The IPF header uses a similar data structure to IA32, X64 and EBC data structures. The naming within the data structures is consistent. Therefore, regardless of the machine type, both the SizeOfImage and SizeOfInitializedData are adjusted by subtracting the length of the .reloc section. If the NumberOfRvaAndSizes is greater than the EFI_IMAGE_DIRECTORY_ENTRY_BASERELOC, then the DataDirectory[0] VirtualAddress and the Size are both set to 0. Finally, the .reloc section's header is modified, setting the Misc.VirtualSize and SizeOfRawData to 0.

2.6.4 Generating LEAF EFI_SECTION Files

This section provides the overview for generating EFI SECTION files. EFI_SECTION headers must be present on all leaf sections. The EFI Section header (see above) will be prefixed to the file or data section (VERSION and USER_INTERFACE data can be generated "on-the-fly" rather than creating a separate Unicode file first).
For the files that are PE32 code (EFI_SECTION_PE32, EFI_SECTION_TE and EFI_SECTION_PIC, the .text, .debug, .reloc and .data section headers (if they exist) are overwritten with the EFI_IMAGE_SECTION_HEADER.
The section name (i.e., .text) is copied into the Name entry, while the remaining sections are set as follows:
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Hdr->Misc.VirtualSize = Size;
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Hdr->VirtualAddress = Offset;
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Hdr->SizeOfRawData = Size;
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Hdr->PointerToRawData = Offset;
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Hdr->PointerToRelocations = 0;
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Hdr->PointerToLinenumbers = 0;
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Hdr->NumberOfRelocations = 0;
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Hdr->NumberOfLinenumbers = 0;
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Hdr->Characteristics = Flags;
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  • For a .text section, the Flags value is a bit-wise OR of EFI_IMAGE_SCN_CNT_CODE, EFI_IMAGE_SCN_MEM_EXECUTE and EFI_IMGE_SCN_MEM_READ (0x60000020).
  • For a .data section, the Flags value is a bit-wise OR of EFI_IMAGE_SCN_CNT_INITIALIZED_DATA, EFI_IMAGE_SCN_MEM_WRITE and EFI_IMAGE_SCN_MEM_READ (0xC0000040).
  • For a .reloc section, the Flags value is a bit-wise OR of EFI_IMAGE_SCN_CNT_INITIALIZED_DATA, EFI_IMAGE_SCN_MEM_DISCARDABLE and EFI_IMAGE_SCN_MEM_READ (0x42000040).
  • For a .debug section, the Flags value is a bit-wise OR of EFI_IMAGE_SCN_CNT_INITIALIZED_DATA, EFI_IMAGE_SCN_MEM_DISCARDABLE and EFI_IMAGE_SCN_MEM_READ (0x42000040).
Once these have been modified, the EFI_COMMON_SECTION_HEADER will be prefixed to the file.
Each EFI_COMMON_SECTION_HEADER "type" field defines the data that follows. Table 4 lists the section type value. All EFI section files start with the EFI_COMMON_SECTION_HEADER.

Figure 13 EFI Image Files

Table 4 Basic EFI SECTION Type Codes

Section Type
Value
EFI_SECTION_PE32
0x10
EFI_SECTION_PIC
0x11
EFI_SECTION_TE
0x12
EFI_SECTION_VERSION
0x14
EFI_SECTION_USER_INTERFACE
0x15
EFI_SECTION_COMPATIBILITY16
0x16
EFI_SECTION_FIRMWARE_VOLUME_IMAGE
0x17
EFI_SECTION_FREEFORM_SUBTYPE_GUID
0x18
EFI_SECTION_RAW
0x19
The size for these standard sections is defined as a 24-bit unsigned integer that contains the total size of the section in bytes, including the EFI_COMMON_SECTION_HEADER. For example, a zero-length section has a Size of 4 bytes.
Except for the EFI_SECTION_VERSION and the EFI_SECTION_USER_INTERFACE, the format of each section is the EFI_COMMON_SECTION_HEADER prefixed to a file containing data. Refer to the definitions for EFI_SECTION_VERSION and EFI_SECTION_USER_INTERFACE in the UEFI specifications for more information.

2.6.5 Generating Encapsulation EFI_SECTION Files

This section provides the overview for generating the two Encapsulation EFI_SECTION files. The EFI_SECTION header must be present along with additional header information. The encapsulation EFI Section header will be prefixed to the file or data section. There are three encapsulation EFI_SECTION types. The first two types listed have extended header information.

Table 5 Encapsulation EFI SECTION Type Codes

Section Type
Value
EFI_SECTION_COMPRESSION
0x01
EFI_SECTION_GUID_DEFINED
0x02
EFI_SECTION_DISPOSABLE
0x03
A compression section uses the EFI_SECTION_COMPRESSION header, while the GUID defined section uses an EFI_SECTION_GUID_DEFINED header.
The size for these sections is defined as a 24-bit unsigned integer that contains the total size of the section in bytes, including the size of the header.
For the EFI_SECTION_COMPRESSION, the CompressionType field must be set to 0x01 for standard compression, or 0x00 if the image is not compressed.
Note: In the specification, only PI_STD compression is supported for this section type.
For the EFI_GUID_DEFINED_SECTION, which is used for non-standard compression (see above) the named GUID that defines the section follows the EFI_COMMON_SECTION_HEADER. After this GUID are two additional UINT16 parameters, the first is the DataOffset which contains the offset in bytes from the beginning of the common header to the first byte of the data. An Attributes parameter is a bit field code which declares specific characteristics of the section contents.
These headers are prefixed to the data files, which may include the standard PE32 headers.

2.6.6 Generating DEPEX EFI_SECTION Files

This section provides the overview for creating PEI, DXE and SMM DEPEX sections. The DEPEX grammar is defined in the PI Specification Volume 1, Dependency Expression Grammar chapter, while the OP codes for the Mnemonic are defined in Volume 2, DXE Dispatcher chapter. The translation of the mnemonic and/or GUID involves creating a binary file using postfix notation. The file does not conform to PE32+/COFF, and no header information is attached prior to generating the EFI_SECTION files. The format of the binary data is 8-bit aligned, with a single byte per op-code, with op-codes that require a GUID value (BEFORE, AFTER and PUSH) being followed by 16 bytes to contain the GUID value. See Table 6 below.

Table 6 Dependency Section Type Codes

Section Type
Value
EFI_SECTION_PEI_DEPEX
0x1B
EFI_SECTION_DXE_DEPEX
0x13
EFI_SECTION_SMM_DEPEX
0x1C
Once the binary file is created an EFI_SECTION file can be created, and the EFI_COMMON_SECTION_HEADER will be prefixed to the file.

Figure 14 Depex File

2.6.7 Generating Visual Forms (IFR - HII) Files

This section covers the generation of the Human Interface Infrastructure (HII) format files used for displaying information on the console. While all error messages from the EFI drivers are written in English, displaying data on the console - selection and configuration menus - is performed using HII formats. This permits the user to select an alternate language for these displays.
Strings intended for these displays must be written in Unicode (UCS-2LE) format, rather than plain ASCII text. The Unicode strings for these forms must be kept in separate files (.uni extension), or optionally, within C code (either .c source or .h header) files. Forms, strings, fonts and images are stored in an HII database encoded to an Internal Forms Representation (IFR) - with each object and attribute a byte stream.
All HII files are included as part of a driver module's code - the data that makes up IFR content is compiled into standard object code and linked in to the driver.

2.6.8 Generating EFI FFS Files

This section provides the overview for generating an FFS file. Once the EFI Section files have been created, they need to be placed within an FFS file. An FFS file contains an FFS header and one or more section files. The ordering of the section files within the FFS is not specified by the PI specification, so sections may appear in any order. The Name of the FFS file, which is placed in the FfsFileHeader data structure is a GUID value with a structure of UINT64, UINT32, UINT32, UINT8[8].
The alignment of data within the FFS must match the alignment specified for a given section, so padding may be required between the FFS header and the section headers. Alignment must be set and padding inserted prior to calculating the size or performing the Integrity check (checksum on the header itself and all of the section data).
The size of the FFS, in the FfsFileHeader.Size array is computed using the size of all files, including all pad files, plus the size of the header. The size value must be less than 0x01000000(16MB).
The FfsFileHeader.IntegrityCheck.Checksum.Header is set to 0, as are the Checksum.File and FileHeader.State, prior to calculating (and setting) the checksum of the header. If the FFS_ATTRIB_CHECKSUM bit is set in the FfsFileHeader.Attributes, then the checksum for the remainder of the FFS content must be generated and placed in the Checksum.File part of the FfsFileHead.IntegrityCheck structure.
The FfsFileHeader.State is zeroed, the EFI_FILE_HEADER_CONSTRUCTION, EFI_FILE_HEADER_VALID and EFI_FILE_DATA_VALID bits are set.

2.6.8.1 FDF file

The build system uses the FDF file to specify construction of the FD, FVs and FFS files, as well as how to construct the different EFI Sections (what content is put into each section). Flags for attributes and alignment values are specified in the FDF file. These values are used to set the bits in FFS Header. As an example, if multiple sections are specified with different alignment values, only the maximum value of the alignment is used, and all sections are aligned to that value. Additionally, the sections are placed into the FFS in the order they appear in the FDF or specified by the Rules section of the FDF configuration file. Each driver is put into an FFS of its own. Also, EDK II expects the ordering of PEIM and DXE FFS files to start with an optional dependency section, followed by the PE32, user interface and finally the version sections.

2.6.9 APRIORI Files

At most, here can be at most one PEI APRIORI and one DXE APRIORI file in a given firmware volume.
The PEI file, named by GUID of PEI_APRIORI_FILE_NAME_GUID, will specify the order of invocation of PEIMs by the PEI foundation. This is a special file, of the type, EFI_FV_FILETYPE_FREEFORM with a single EFI_SECTION_RAW and has the format:
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typedef struct {
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EFI_GUID FileNamesWithinVolume[NumberOfModulesInVolume];
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} PEI_APRIORI_FILE_CONTENTS;
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The DXE file, named by GUID of DXE_APRIORI_FILE_NAME_GUID, will specify the dispatch order of drivers by the DXE foundation. This is a special file, of the type EFI_FV_FILETYPE_FREEFORM with a single EFI_SECTION_RAW and has the same format as the PEI_APRIORI_FILE_CONTENTS.

2.6.10 Generating EFI Firmware Volume (FV) Files

This section provides the overview for generating an FV file, which contains an FV header and a sequence of FFS files. FVs are usually implemented so that the SEC and PEI Foundation are not compressed, while most PEIMs are executed from ROM (see above). As a result, these images are typically placed in a separate FV, with post-PEI phase modules placed in one or more FVs that are compressed. Reference Section 2.6.11 below.
The FV files are combinations of FFS files. For SEC, PEI Foundation and most PEIMs that execute directly from ROM, will need to have the BaseAddress re-based to the location of the driver in ROM. There are three different types of rebase actions. The first action is for the initial Boot drivers, while the most common is for execute in place (XIP) drivers. Some Runtime drivers may also need to be re-based. As part of the rebase these execute from ROM drivers may need to be aligned to the natural alignment of the machine architecture (or section alignment).

2.6.10.1 Combining FFS files into FV files

The build system uses the Flash Description File (FDF) to describe how to combine FFS files into different FV files, as well as the layout of the FD files within an FD description. Each FV definition within the FDF is used to complete a data structure for constructing the FV. The FvName in the FV_INFO structure is used to identify the name of the files that will be created in the FV directory.
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typedef struct {
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BOOLEAN BaseAddressSet;
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EFI_PHYSICAL_ADDRESS BaseAddress;
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EFI_GUID FvFileSystemGuid;
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BOOLEAN FvFileSystemGuidSet;
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CHAR8 FvExtHeaderFile[_MAX_PATH];
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UINTN Size;
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EFI_FVB_ATTRIBUTES FvAttributes;
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CHAR8 FvName[_MAX_PATH];
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EFI_FV_BLOCK_MAP_ENTRY FvBlocks[MAX_NUMBER_OF_FV_BLOCKS];
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CHAR8 FvFiles[MAX_NUMBER_OF_FILES_IN_FV][_MAX_PATH];
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UINT32 SizeOfFvFiles[MAX_NUMBER_OF_FILES_IN_FV];
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BOOLEAN IsPiFvImage;
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INT8 ForceRebase;
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} FV_INFO;
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The FV file header (see EFI_FIRMWARE_VOLUME_HEADER definition in Section 3) is constructed using the following information.
The first 16 bytes (ZeroVector) are set to zero. The FvFileSystemGuid is assigned a PI Specification defined GUID (EFI_FIRMWARE_FILE_SYSTEM2_GUID) that identifies it as a PI compliant Firmware Volume. The Signature is set to "_FVH" and the reserved byte is set to zero. The PI Specification defined Revision is set to 0x02.
As FFS files are added to the FV, the length of the FFS is added to the FvLength field, such that the final FvLength is complete length of the firmware volume, including the header (and extended header information). Also, as an FFS file is added to the FV, if the driver executes from ROM, the base address of the driver will be adjusted (re-based) within the FFS file to the physical location in ROM (BaseAddress + offset).
Attributes (defined in the FDF file) are set that define the capabilities and power-on defaults of this FV. These come from the FvAttributes of the FV_INFO data structure. The HeaderLength is set to size of header, including the size of the {0,0} terminated BlockMap data array.
The BlockMap data array is a mapping of the FFS files - giving the length (in blocks) and block size for each FFS file in the FV, starting with the first FFS file. This is an index of the blocks, and does not specify each FFS by name. If an extended header is required, it must be placed immediately following the BlockMap data array. The ExtHeaderOffset is set to the location of the extended header. Each block will be aligned on the largest value specified by the EFI_FVB2_ALIGNMENT attribute. Note that it is permissible to use variable block length devices, and as such, each block entry would have the BlockMap[index].NumBlocks = 1, while the BlockMap[index].BlockLength would vary according to the size of the FFS file (plus any padding value needed to align the next block on a natural boundary).
If the extended header is not included, then the ExtHeaderOffset is set to zero. If an extended header is present, it is followed by zero or more variable length extension (EFI_FIRMWARE_VOLUME_EXT_ENTRY) entries.

Figure 15 Firmware Volume Layout

Prior to adding the last FFS file (as specified in the FDF file), the FFS file must be modified to comply with the Volume Top File specification.
After the last FFS file has been added (so that the FvLength is complete), the Checksum field is set to zero and a checksum is calculated on the header so that a valid header will sum to zero (and placed into the Checksum field).

2.6.11 Implementing Compression

As stated in earlier sections, images that are executed from ROM may not be compressed. Images that contain .reloc sections, or that are executed post PEI phase may be compressed to save space in ROM. For best space savings and performance, an entire FV (containing all post PEI phase code) can be compressed, rather than compressing individual drivers. Decompression routines take a finite amount of time which can be additive - especially on copy commands - which can result in an unacceptable boot speed. Additionally, most compression algorithms provide better compression over larger data sets.
The EDK II Build system supports EFI standard compression as well as CRC32 validation within the tools.
For any other form of compression, encoding or signing must be through external tools. TianoCompress and LZMA tools are provided with the EDK II build system.
The GUIDED encapsulation section method is used to control these additional tools. By definition (UEFI/PI specifications) a named GUID for a GUIDED encapsulation section is used to provide information about how to process the section.
Assigning a GUID to a tool, such as TianoCompress, in the tools_def.txt file (refer to Section 5) the TianoCompress.exe application can be used to compress an EFI image - FV, FFS and/or SECTION. The following shows two lines that are in the tools_def.txt file to identify the TianoCompress tool.
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*_MYTOOLS_*_TIANO_PATH = TianoCompress.exe
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*_MYTOOLS_*_TIANO_GUID = A31280AD-481E-41B6-95E8-127F4C984779
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2.6.11.1 GUIDED encapsulation sections

When the Build system encounters a GUIDED encapsulation section in the FDF file, the GUID is tested against GUIDs registered in the tools_def.txt file. If a match is found, then the executable tool associated in the GUID is executed on the encapsulated data defined in the FDF file. Since the tool is not present during a system boot, any optional tool must be able to provide code that can be used by any decompression, signing or verification drivers during boot. The following shows the use of the TianoCompress GUID in a sample FDF file for an FVMAIN image that contains all post-PEI modules.
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FILE FV_IMAGE = E76CB2EC-A71A-42e8-8F34-56237870BD12 DEBUG_MYTOOLS_IPF {
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SECTION GUIDED A31280AD-481E-41B6-95E8-127F4C984779 {
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SECTION FV_IMAGE = FVMAIN
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}
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}
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In the example above, the first GUID (starting with E76CB2EC) is the EFI Name for the firmware volume, while the second (following the SECTION GUIDED statement) identifies the tool (TianoCompress.exe) that will be used on the FV section specified within the curly brackets after the GUID.
The EDK II build system requires that all such tools take a minimum of three options on the command line. The -e option specifies that the tool will encrypt, compress, encode or sign the file specified on the command line. The -o option specifies the name of the output file to be created when using the -e option. A third option, -d, is used to decrypt, decompress, decode or verify the file specified on the command line.
Note: Additional options may be included with the tool, however, the build system only requires these three options.

2.6.12 Implementing Encryption or Signing

The same techniques used for implementing custom compression can be used for tools that are used for signing or encrypting an image.

2.6.13 Generating an FD image file

This section provides the overview for generating a platform flash file. When generating the FD file, the flash device is assumed to be "partitioned" into different areas, with the content of each added in sequence (with zero filled padding of any partial blocks to the next specified offset).

2.6.13.1 Data structures

The EDK II build system will create an FD file in the FV output directory, and using the information in the FDF file, will add all FV files, as well as any data structures that are specified in the FDF file. Each FV will be added to the FD file in the order specified by the [FD] section at the location specified. Data structures in the FDF are typically used to initialize the data area for use by EFI drivers, and as such, may require an FV header to identify the region (such as NV storage) in Flash.

2.6.14 Generating Applications

This section provides an overview to generating UEFI applications which may or may not be resident in a flash device. Applications fall into three different types, applications that execute from within a flash image, applications that execute from the EFI Shell and applications that execute from an Operating System (accessing UEFI runtime services or need to access UEFI System Table fields). The build only provides support for UEFI applications that execute from within the flash image and applications that execute from the EFI Shell. These statically linked applications cannot make use of OS standard libraries or headers.
Applications that are executed within the flash image must be stored in an FFS file, along with the optional version and user interface sections. These applications are installed as part of the standard shell commands. The only way to execute a command that is executed within the flash image is to install it along with the shell commands. Otherwise, they cannot be executed.
Applications that execute from the EFI shell are PE32/COFF applications that have a modified header, and do not need to be placed within an FFS file. The .efi file generated by the $(MAKE) stage is capable of being executed from the shell command prompt.

2.6.15 Generating an Option ROM file

This section provides the overview for generating an external PCI Option ROM, where the driver is on a PCI add-in card. PCI devices that are laid down on a platform board, rather than on an add-in card (Ethernet, Video, Audio, etc. devices), will most likely have the driver resident in an FFS/FV/FD with the device vendor providing the driver code to the board vendor. A PCI Option ROM is typically discovered during system initialization, and the driver will be dispatched by the DXE Foundation. PCI Option ROM drivers are constructed from either EFI files or Binary files or a combination of both.
Most EFI implementations of PCI Option ROMs can use EFI compression for the driver, so that the ROM image fits into a smaller size device on the PCI add-in card. These drivers can use NV storage space in the primary on-board flash device, provided they register the system table data. If the driver is compressed, the size of the compressed file must be an even multiple of 512 bytes.
Note: The maximum size for the driver code is 16MB, so drivers that are larger than 16MB must be compressed.
The EFI file (PE32+ with modifications to the .data, .text, .reloc and .debug sections - see Generating Leaf EFI_SECTION Files above) will have an EFI_PCI_EXPANSION_ROM_HEADER prefixed to the EFI file (aligned on a 4-byte boundary). The header structure is defined in the PCI industry standard specification, and is shown below.
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typedef struct {
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UINT16 Signature;
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UINT16 InitializationSize;
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UINT32 EfiSignature;
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UINT16 EfiSubsystem;
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UINT16 EfiMachineType;
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UINT16 CompressionType;
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UINT8 Reserved[8];
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UINT16 EfiImageHeaderOffset;
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UINT16 PcirOffset;
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} EFI_PCI_EXPANSION_ROM_HEADER;
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The Signature value of the PCI 3.0 version header is defined as 0xAA55, and the EfiSignature is defined as 0x0EF1. The InitializationSize is the number of 512-byte blocks of the driver image plus the size of this header. The EfiSubsystem is set to the value of PE32 Optional Header's Subsystem value, while the EfiMachineType is set to the EFI_IMAGE_FILE_HEADER's Machine Type. The CompressionType field is set to either 0x0000 for no compression, or 0x0001 for standard EFI compression - no other compression types are permitted. The reserved bits are typically set to 0 However they may be used. The EfiImageHeaderOffset is set to the size of this header, while the PcirOffset is the offset to the EFI header, (the Option ROM header size plus any padding bytes to align the driver on its natural alignment boundary). Additionally, the PCI Data Structure (PCI 3.0 compliant is the default) is also inserted. The Vendor ID and Device ID are inserted into the PCI Data Structure. The ClassCode and CodeRevision are determined from the input file header information, while the ImageLength field is set to the Option ROM Header's InitializationSize field. All other fields are currently set to 0 by the reference implementation's EfiRom tool.
PCI device Expansion ROMs may contain code for multiple processor architectures. This may be implemented in a single physical ROM image, which can contain as many code images as desired for different system and processor architectures, Figure 16, below.

Figure 16 EFI PCI Expansion Option ROM layout

Each image must start on a 512-byte boundary and must contain the PCI Expansion ROM header. The starting point of each image depends on the size of previous images.
The last image in a ROM has a special encoding in the header to identify it as the last image (PCI Firmware Specification, Revision 3.0).
Legacy Option ROM images must be the first image in the ROM image. The following is a list of the image combinations that may be placed in a PCI option ROM. This is not an exhaustive list. Instead, it provides what will likely be the most common PCI option ROM layouts. EFI complaint system firmware must work with all of these PCI option ROM layouts, plus any other layouts that are possible within the PCI Specification. The format of a Legacy Option ROM image is defined in the PCI Specification.
  • Legacy Option ROM image
  • Legacy Option ROM image + IA-32 EFI driver
  • Legacy Option ROM image + Itanium Processor Family EFI driver
  • Legacy Option ROM image + IA-32 EFI driver + Itanium Processor Family EFI
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  • Legacy Option ROM image + IA-32 EFI driver + x64 EFI driver
  • Legacy Option ROM image + EBC Driver
  • IA-32 UEFI driver
  • Itanium Processor Family EFI driver
  • IA-32 UEFI driver + Itanium Processor Family EFI driver
  • EBC Driver
It is also possible to place an application in a PCI Option ROM. The exact mechanism by which applications can be loaded and executed from a PCI Option ROM is outside the scope of this document.

2.6.15.1 Binary Option ROM code

Pre-existing Binary Option ROM code can also be provided by hardware vendors. These images are verified to be of the correct format and length. If the length of the provided image is not an exact 512-byte multiple, padding bytes are added to ensure the image is an exact multiple of 512 bytes. If this occurs, a new checksum is calculated and replaces an existing checksum value.

2.6.16 Generating Capsule Update Files

This section provides the overview for generating Capsule files. Capsules are formatted variable length data structures that are passed from runtime back to the pre boot phases (PEI, DXE, BDS). They are intended to be the major vehicle for delivering firmware volume changes. Capsules are constructed with a capsule header and the capsule volume. Content within the capsule volume usually includes a Firmware Volume as well as a Configuration Results (CR) file. The CR file is a string of Internal Forms Representation (IFR) name, value pairs as defined by the Human Interface Infrastructure (HII).
After identifying and creating the Firmware Volume that will be included in the capsule, the capsule header will be constructed. The header is constructed as follows.
The CapsuleGuid defines the format of the capsule data - including any optional header information. The format for a capsule is shown in Figure 15.

Figure 17 EFI Capsule Layout

2.6.16.1 Capsule generation and content
The EDK II build system provides functionality to generate capsules. The capsule data content is defined in the FDF file for a given platform
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