Linux 5.13 Release – Notable changes, Arm, MIPS and RISC-V architectures

Linus Torvalds has just announced the release of Linux 5.13:

So we had quite the calm week since rc7, and I see no reason to delay 5.13. The shortlog for the week is tiny, with just 88 non-merge commits (and a few of those are just reverts). It’s a fairly random mix of fixes, and being so small I’d just suggest people scan the appended shortlog for what happened.

Of course, if the last week was small and calm, 5.13 overall is actually fairly large. In fact, it’s one of the bigger 5.x releases, with over 16k commits (over 17k if you count merges), from over 2k developers. But it’s a “big all over” kind of thing, not something particular that stands out as particularly unusual. Some of the extra size might just be because 5.12 had that extra rc week.

And with 5.13 out the door, that obviously means that the merge window for 5.14 will be starting tomorrow. I already have a few pull requests for it pending, but as usual, I’d ask people to give the final 5.13 at least a quick test before moving on to the exciting new pending stuff..


The previous release, Linux 5.12,  added support for the ACRN hypervisor designed for IoT & embedded devices, Playstation DualSense & Nintendo 64 game controllers, as well as Nintendo 64 data cartridges, implemented dynamic thermal power management via a subsystem that allows the power usage of groups of devices to be capped to meet thermal constraints, and said goodbye to O-profile, replaced by perf events, among many other changes.

Linux 5.13 releaseSome notable changes for Linux 5.13 include:

  • Preparatory work to support Apple M1 processor
  • Landlock security module merged after 34 revisions. “The goal of Landlock is to enable to restrict ambient rights (e.g. global filesystem access) for a set of processes. Because Landlock is a stackable LSM, it makes it possible to create safe security sandboxes as new security layers in addition to the existing system-wide access controls”. Visit for details.
  • Control-flow integrity for the kernel. Another security improvement where “the compiler injects a runtime check before each indirect function call to ensure the target is a valid function with the correct static type. This restricts possible call targets and makes it more difficult for an attacker to exploit bugs that allow the modification of stored function pointers. ” Check out this LWN article for more information.
  • Support for incoming AMD and Intel graphics chips

Arm changes in Linux 5.13

Besides preliminary support for Apple M1 SoC, there were many Arm-related changes as usual:

  • Allwinner
    • Allwinner V3s – Sigma-delta modulation on  audio PLL
    • New secondary interrupt controller binding to support the wake-up
    • Allwinner H6- Use the RSB bus instead of I2C for the PMIC
    • HDMI support for the BananaPi M2-Zero
    • New device – Topwise A721 Tablet (Allwinner A10)
  • Rockchip
    • Support for the Rockchip RK3568/RK3566 pin controller
    • Support for the clock controller on the new Rockchip rk3568
    • Some cleanups for rk3399 modularization
    • Ethernet – Add Rockchip DWMAC support
    • New board – NanoPi R4S board (RK3399)
  • Amlogic
  • Samsung
    • Clock driver – Clean up of redundant dev_err() calls after dev_ioremap_resource(); fix for the clk-exynos7 driver (part of upcoming Galaxy S6 device support)
    • DTS ARM changes for Linux 5.13
      • Configure battery charger and front camera on GT-I9100 phone.
      • Fix in several boards the Maxim PMIC/MUIC/fuel gauge interrupt flags
        to match real type of interrupt coming from the device.
      • Correct DTS with dtschema. This brings back the commit adding input
        clock to CMU in Exynos4412 Odroid which was reverted some time ago
        due to unsupported deferred probes (now supported and tested).
    • DTS ARM64 changes – Cleanups
  • Qualcomm
    • Added Qualcomm SC7280 Laptop SoC following the SC7180 (Snapdragon
      7c) used in some Chromebooks and Windows laptops, and corresponding reference board
    • PMIC  – Support for PM8350, PM8350B, PM8350C, PMK8350, PMR735A and PMR735B in the Qualcomm PMIC GPIO driver.
    • Improved detection for SCM calling conventions
    • Support for OEM specific wifi firmware path
    • PHY driver
      • usb3-dp phy for Qualcomm SM8250
      • USB phy for Qualcomm SC7280
    • ARM64 DT updates
      • Extends the initial SM8350 description merged in v5.12 with
        CPUfreq, SMMU, UFS, RPMHPD, SPMI, USB and remoteproc support. Adds definitions for the 6 PMICs found on the MTP and introduces the new SM8350 Hardware Development Kit (HDK).
      • SDM845 gains the camera-related nodes and some cleanups.
      • Added RPMh regulators, coresight, AOSS QMP, ipcc, llcc for the
      • Adds interconnect, PRNG and thermal pieces to SM8350.
      • SM8150 gains iommu settings and the remaining I2C controllers
      • SM8250 – Clean-ups, migrates SPI0 to use GPIO for chip select, Venus and the QMP PHY updated to include the DP portion.
      • Qualcomm SC8180 – Support for ACPI probing
      • Enabled sound support on the (SC7280) Trogdor device family.
      • Added the GIC hypervisor registers & interrupt for when Linux
        is booted in EL2 on MSM8916.
      • Added Bluetooth support on the Samsung Galaxy S5, corrects the mount matrix for the IMU on Nexus 5 and corrects the fuel gauge irq trigger for the two devices
    • ARM64 defconfig updates
      • Enable the SM8350 TLMM and GCC drivers, needed to boot the
      • Enable all the hardware support currently available for the
        Qualcomm SDX55 platform in the qcom_defconfig. Due to (current) size
        limitations these changes are not done in the multi-platform config
    • New devices & boards
  • MediaTek
    • Pinctrl driver – Support for Mediatek MT8195.
    • ASoC – Mediatek MT6358 accessory detection
    • Clock driver – “Proper” clk driver for Mediatek MT7621 SoCs
    • PHY – Mediatek DSI and HDMI PHY updates
    • Memory controller fixes
    • Mediatek DRM Next for Linux 5.13
      • Fine-tune the line time for EOTp.
      • Add support mt8192 dpi.
      • Make crtc config-updating atomic.
      • Don’t support HDMI connector creation.
    • New boards & devices – Mediatek MT8183 powered Chromebooks: Lenovo 10e, Acer Spin 311, Asus FlipCM3, Asus Detachable CM3;  Mediatek MT8516/MT8183 based OLogic Pumpkin Board
  • Other new Arm hardware platforms and SoCs
    • ASpeed – AST2500 BMC found on ASRock E3C246D4I Xeon server board
    • Broadcom – BCM4908 based TP-Link Archer C2300 V1 router
    • MStar – SSD202D based M5Stack UnitV2 camera
    • Marvell – Armada 38x based ATL-x530 ethernet switch
    • NXP
      • reMarkable Tablet (NXP i.MX 7)
      • Kontron pitx-imx8m, Engicam i.Core MX8M Mini based on NXP i.MX 8M
      • i.MX8QuadMax SoC, and NXP i.MX8QuadMax Multisensory Enablement Kit
    • Nuvoton – NPCM730 Quanta GBS BMC
    • STMicro
      • STM32H750 Cortex-M7 microcontroller (MMU-less), ART-Pi board designed for RT-Thread RTOS
      • STM32MP1 hardware: Engicam MicroGEA STM32MP1 MicroDev 2.0 and SOM, EDIMM2.2 Starter Kit, Carrier, SOM
    • Texas Instruments
      • TI AM64x Sitara is a new version of the K3 SoC family for industrial control, motor control, remote IO, IoT gateway, etc.., similar to the older AM65x family.
      • Siemens SIMATIC IOT2050 gateway

Linux 5.13 updates for the MIPS architecture

Only a few changes for MIPS this time around:

  • Removed get_fs/set_fs
  • Removed broken/unmaintained MIPS KVM trap and emulate support
  • Added support for Loongson-2K1000
  • Fixes and cleanups

RISC-V changelog for Linux 5.13

  • Support for the memtest= kernel command-line argument.
  • Support for building the kernel with FORTIFY_SOURCE.
  • Support for generic clockevent broadcasts.
  • Support for the buildtar build target.
  • Some build system cleanups to pass more LLVM-friendly arguments.
  • Support for kprobes.
  • A rearranged kernel memory map, the first part of supporting sv48 systems.
  • Improvements to kexec, along with support for kdump and crash kernels.
  • An alternatives-based errata framework, along with support for handling a pair of errata that manifest on some SiFive designs (including the HiFive Unmatched).
  • Support for XIP.
  • A device tree for the Microchip PolarFire ICICLE SoC and associated dev board.

You can also read the full Linux 5.13 changelog  with comments only,  generated with the command git log v5.12..v5.13 --stat. Alternatively, KernelNewbies website should soon have a detailed changelog of Linux 5.13.

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3 years ago

>MStar – SSD202D based M5Stack UnitV2 camera

Totally forgot about that. Hoping to get more support for the SSD20xD into 5.15 as it’s really shaping up nicely.

3 years ago

How much hit IRL embedded chips for security tradeoffs, especially SBC?

Khadas VIM4 SBC