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Platform Integration of DFCI

This section of documentation is focused on UEFI firmware developers and helping them enable their platforms with the DFCI feature.

DFCI consists mostly of a software feature that is written in the DXE phase of UEFI. It has numerous architecture and platform independent modules with only a few required platform libraries. It also requires the platform adhere to and use the DFCI components to ensure the DFCI features work as designed. Finally to enable an End-To-End management scenario there maybe custom requirements in adjacent UEFI firmware components.

Dfci Menu application

The DfciMenu application is optimized for mu_plus MsGraphicsPkg. It is VFR but since many platforms use custom layouts and graphical representation this area might need some adjustments. The DfciMenu application publishes a HII formset that should be located by your pre-boot UEFI menu application (e.g. "FrontPage") and displayed.

  • Formset GUID: gDfciMenuFormsetGuid = {0x3b82283d, 0x7add, 0x4c6a, {0xad, 0x2b, 0x71, 0x9b, 0x8d, 0x7b, 0x77, 0xc9 }}
  • Entry Form: #define DFCI_MENU_FORM_ID 0x2000
  • Source Location: DfciPkg\Application\DfciMenu

DFCI DXE Drivers

Dxe Driver Location
DfciManager.efi DfciPkg/DfciManager/DfciManager.inf
IdentityAndAuthManager.efi DfciPkg/IdentityAndAuthManager/IdentityAndAuthManagerDxe.inf
SettingsManager.efi DfciPkg/SettingsManager/SettingsManagerDxe.inf
DfciMenu.inf DfciPkg/Application/DfciMenu/DfciMenu.inf

DFCI Core Libraries

These DFCI Standard libraries are expected to be used as is for standard functionality.

Library Location
DfciRecoveryLib DfciPkg/Library/DfciRecoveryLib/DfciRecoveryLib.inf
DfciSettingsLib DfciPkg/Library/DfciSettingsLib/DfciSettingsLib.inf
DfciV1SupportLib DfciPkg/Library/DfciV1SupportLibNull/DfciV1SupportLibNull.inf
DfciXmlDeviceIdSchemaSupportLib DfciPkg/Library/DfciXmlDeviceIdSchemaSupportLib/DfciXmlDeviceIdSchemaSupportLib.inf
DfciXmlIdentitySchemaSupportLib DfciPkg/Library/DfciXmlIdentitySchemaSupportLib/DfciXmlIdentitySchemaSupportLib.inf
DfciXmlPermissionSchemaSupportLib DfciPkg/Library/DfciXmlPermissionSchemaSupportLib/DfciXmlPermissionSchemaSupportLib.inf
DfciXmlSettingSchemaSupportLib DfciPkg/Library/DfciXmlSettingSchemaSupportLib/DfciXmlSettingSchemaSupportLib.inf
ZeroTouchSettingsLib ZeroTouchPkg/Library/ZeroTouchSettings/ZeroTouchSettings.inf
DfciSettingPermissionLib DfciPkg/Library/DfciSettingPermissionLib/DfciSettingPermissionLib.inf

DFCI Platform provided libraries

The following libraries have to be provided by the platform:

Library Documentation Function
DfciDeviceIdSupportLib Documentation Provides SMBIOS information - Manufacturer, Product, and Serial number
DfciGroupLib Documentation Provides lists of platform settings that are in the Dfci group settings.
DfciUiSupportLib Documentation Provides UI for various user interactions

DFCI Setting Providers

Setting providers is how a platform provides a setting to DFCI

Setting detailed overview

Mu Changes

DFCI Recovery service uses HTTPS certificates with Subject Alternative Names. This requires a recent version of NetworkPkg.

To verify you have the correct version, verify that your version of NetworkPkg has one of the following changes:

In addition, OpenSSL has to be configured for modern TLS ciphers.

Adding DFCI to your platform build

Adding DFCI to your platform build consists of:

  1. Writing your settings providers
  2. Writing three library classes:
  3. Ensure you have enabled HTTP Connections in your platform build
  4. Adding the DSC sections below
  5. Adding the FDF sections below

Enabling HTTP Connections

Ensure that you have the following PCD set in your


Then in your platform DSC file such as QemuQ35.dsc add the following to your define section:



Platform DSC statements



  DfciPkg/SettingsManager/SettingsManagerDxe.inf {
  #Platform should add all it settings libs here


Platform FDF statements

INF  DfciPkg/SettingsManager/SettingsManagerDxe.inf
INF  DfciPkg/IdentityAndAuthManager/IdentityAndAuthManagerDxe.inf
INF  DfciPkg/Application/DfciMenu/DfciMenu.inf
INF  DfciPkg/DfciManager/DfciManager.inf

Unsigned Settings packets

Dfci has a feature where a platform can enable some settings to be changes with an unsigned packet. This is allowed only when the system is not enrolled in Dfci. This can allow setting parameters that don't affect the security of the system and there is a cost benefit to being able to deploy these setting changes easily, and not step up to full Dfci. To enable to platform to allow unsigned settings, the platform must produce an unsigned permission list in xml format and include this xml file in the platform build .fdf file:

    None of the Permission Masks or the Delegated Masks are actually used.
    However, they must be present for the XML parser used by Dfci.
    This include Default, Delegated, Append, PMask, and DMask values.
<PermissionsPacket xmlns="urn:UefiSettings-Schema">
    <Permissions Default="243" Delegated="0" Append="False">


To include this file in the platform .fdf file, do the following:

FILE FREEFORM = PCD(gDfciPkgTokenSpaceGuid.PcdUnsignedPermissionsFile) {
    SECTION RAW = YourPlatformPkg/StaticFiles/UnsignedPermissions.xml

Certain platforms may choose to enable all settings to be set via unsigned packets by building with the Pcd PcdUnsignedListFormatAllow set to FALSE. This will enable all settings to be changed using unsigned packets. When PcdUnsignedListFormatAllow is FALSE, the unsigned settings list becomes a disallow list, providing a list of settings that do NOT have the permission to be set by an unsigned packet. An Unsigned Permissions file is required to be read before the Disallow operation is enabled.

To generate an unsigned settings packet, refer to the DFCI_UnsignedSettings test case. The GenUsb.bat file will produce an unsigned packet (Unsigned_Settings_apply.bin) from a settings xml file (UnsignedSettings.xml).

To deploy the Unsigned_Settings_apply.bin file, set the UEFI Variable gDfciSettingsManagerVarNamespace:DfciSettingsRequest to the contents of the Unsigned_Settings_apply.bin file, and restart the system.

Testing DFCI operation

Please refer to the DFCI TestCase documentation