18 April 2013. Summary of changes for version 20130418:
This release is available at https://acpica.org/downloads
1) ACPICA kernel-resident subsystem:
Fixed a possible buffer overrun during some rare but specific field unit read operations. This overrun can only happen if the DSDT version is 1 -- meaning that all AML integers are 32 bits -- and the field length is between 33 and 55 bits long. During the read, an internal buffer object is created for the field unit because the field is larger than an integer (32 bits). However, in this case, the buffer will be incorrectly written beyond the end because the buffer length is less than the internal minimum of 64 bits (8 bytes) long. The buffer will be either 5, 6, or 7 bytes long, but a full 8 bytes will be written.
Updated the Embedded Controller "orphan" _REG method support. This refers to _REG methods under the EC device that have no corresponding operation region. This is allowed by the ACPI specification. This update removes a dependency on the existence an ECDT table. It will execute an orphan _REG method as long as the operation region handler for the EC is installed at the EC device node and not the namespace root. Rui Zhang (original update), Bob Moore (update/integrate).
Implemented run-time argument typechecking for all predefined ACPI names (_STA, _BIF, etc.) This change performs object typechecking on all incoming arguments for all predefined names executed via AcpiEvaluateObject. This ensures that ACPI-related device drivers are passing correct object types as well as the correct number of arguments (therefore identifying any issues immediately). Also, the ASL/namespace definition of the predefined name is checked against the ACPI specification for the proper argument count. Adds one new file, nsarguments.c
Changed an exception code for the ASL UnLoad() operator. Changed the exception code for the case where the input DdbHandle is invalid, from AE_BAD_PARAMETER to the more appropriate AE_AML_OPERAND_TYPE.
Unix/Linux makefiles: Removed the use of the -O2 optimization flag in the global makefile. The use of this flag causes compiler errors on earlier versions of GCC, so it has been removed for compatibility.
1) Removed some unused/obsolete macros
2) Fixed a possible memory leak in the _OSI support
3) Removed an unused variable in the predefined name support
4) Windows OSL: remove obsolete reference to a memory list field
Example Code and Data Size: These are the sizes for the OS-independent acpica.lib produced by the Microsoft Visual C++ 9.0 32-bit compiler. The debug version of the code includes the debug output trace mechanism and has a much larger code and data size.
Non-Debug Version: 95.2K Code, 26.4K Data, 121.6K Total
Debug Version: 183.0K Code, 76.0K Data, 259.0K Total
Non-Debug Version: 95.6K Code, 26.8K Data, 122.4K Total
Debug Version: 183.5K Code, 76.6K Data, 260.1K Total
2) iASL Compiler/Disassembler and Tools:
AcpiExec: Added installation of a handler for the SystemCMOS address space. This prevents control method abort if a method accesses this space.
AcpiExec: Added support for multiple EC devices, and now install EC operation region handler(s) at the actual EC device instead of the namespace root. This reflects the typical behavior of host operating systems.
AcpiExec: Updated to ensure that all operation region handlers are installed before the _REG methods are executed. This prevents a _REG method from aborting if it accesses an address space has no handler. AcpiExec installs a handler for every possible address space.
Debugger: Enhanced the "handlers" command to display non-root handlers. This change enhances the handlers command to display handlers associated with individual devices throughout the namespace, in addition to the currently supported display of handlers associated with the root namespace node.
ASL Test Suite: Several test suite errors have been identified and resolved, reducing the total error count during execution. Chao Guan.