Plugin: Chrome OS EC


This plugin provides support for the firmware updates for Chrome OS EC project based devices.

Initially, it supports the USB endpoint updater, but lays the groundwork for future updaters which use other update methods other than the USB endpoint.

This is based on the chromeos ec project’s usb_updater2 application.

Information about the USB update protocol is available here.

Firmware Format

The daemon will decompress the cabinet archive and extract a firmware blob in the Google fmap file format.

This plugin supports the following protocol ID:


GUID Generation

These devices use the standard USB DeviceInstanceId values, e.g.

  • USB\VID_18D1&PID_501A

Update Behavior

The device usually presents in runtime mode, but on detach re-enumerates with the same USB PID in an unlocked mode. On attach the device again re-enumerates back to the runtime locked mode.

For this reason the REPLUG_MATCH_GUID internal device flag is used so that the bootloader and runtime modes are treated as the same device.

Vendor ID Security

The vendor ID is set from the USB vendor, which is set to various different values depending on the model and device mode. The list of USB VIDs used is:

  • USB:0x18D1

External Interface Access

This plugin requires read/write access to /dev/bus/usb.

Version Considerations

This plugin has been available since fwupd version 1.5.0.


Anyone can submit a pull request to modify this plugin, but the following people should be consulted before making major or functional changes:

  • Benson Leung: bleungatchromium