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SubjectRe: v2.6.26-rc7: BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference
On Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 10:06 AM, Zhang, Yanmin
<> wrote:
> In function _cpu_up, the panic happens when calling __raw_notifier_call_chain
> at the second time. Kernel doesn't panic when calling it at the first time. If
> just say because of nr_cpu_ids, that's not right.
> By checking source codes, I find function do_boot_cpu is the culprit.
> Consider below call chain:
> _cpu_up=>__cpu_up=>smp_ops.cpu_up=>native_cpu_up=>do_boot_cpu.
> So do_boot_cpu is called in the end. In do_boot_cpu, if boot_error==true,
> cpu_clear(cpu, cpu_possible_map) is executed. So later on, when _cpu_up
> calls __raw_notifier_call_chain at the second time to report CPU_UP_CANCELED,
> because this cpu is already cleared from cpu_possible_map, get_cpu_sysdev returns
> Many resources are related to cpu_possible_map, so it's better not to change it.
> Below patch against 2.6.26-rc7 fixes it by removing the bit clearing in cpu_possible_map.
> Vegard, would you like to help test it?

Yay! I just hit this again with your patch applied

Inquiring remote APIC #1...
... APIC #1 ID: failed
... APIC #1 VERSION: failed
... APIC #1 SPIV: failed

and it works correctly, no NULL pointer error this time :-)

I know it's applied to mainline already, actually with this tag too,
even though I wasn't able to confirm it before:

Tested-by: Vegard Nossum <>

Thanks :-)


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disguises that the error is the programmer's own creation."
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