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Subject[PATCH 4.7 136/143] ACPI / drivers: replace acpi_probe_lock spinlock with mutex
4.7-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: Lorenzo Pieralisi <>

commit 5331d9cab32ef640b4cd38a43b0858874fbb7168 upstream.

Commit e647b532275b ("ACPI: Add early device probing infrastructure")
introduced code that allows inserting driver specific
struct acpi_probe_entry probe entries into ACPI linker sections
(one per-subsystem, eg irqchip, clocksource) that are then walked
to retrieve the data and function hooks required to probe the
respective kernel components.

Probing for all entries in a section is triggered through
the __acpi_probe_device_table() function, that in turn, according
to the table ID a given probe entry reports parses the table
with the function retrieved from the respective section structures
(ie struct acpi_probe_entry). Owing to the current ACPI table
parsing implementation, the __acpi_probe_device_table() function
has to share global variables with the acpi_match_madt() function, so
in order to guarantee mutual exclusion locking is required
between the two functions.

Current kernel code implements the locking through the acpi_probe_lock
spinlock; this has the side effect of requiring all code called
within the lock (ie struct acpi_probe_entry.probe_{table/subtbl} hooks)
not to sleep.

However, kernel subsystems that make use of the early probing
infrastructure are relying on kernel APIs that may sleep (eg
irq_domain_alloc_fwnode(), among others) in the function calls
pointed at by struct acpi_probe_entry.{probe_table/subtbl} entries
(eg gic_v2_acpi_init()), which is a bug.

Since __acpi_probe_device_table() is called from context
that is allowed to sleep the acpi_probe_lock spinlock can be replaced
with a mutex; this fixes the issue whilst still guaranteeing
mutual exclusion.

Signed-off-by: Lorenzo Pieralisi <>
Fixes: e647b532275b (ACPI: Add early device probing infrastructure)
Signed-off-by: Rafael J. Wysocki <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

drivers/acpi/scan.c | 6 +++---
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

--- a/drivers/acpi/scan.c
+++ b/drivers/acpi/scan.c
@@ -1967,7 +1967,7 @@ int __init acpi_scan_init(void)

static struct acpi_probe_entry *ape;
static int acpi_probe_count;
-static DEFINE_SPINLOCK(acpi_probe_lock);
+static DEFINE_MUTEX(acpi_probe_mutex);

static int __init acpi_match_madt(struct acpi_subtable_header *header,
const unsigned long end)
@@ -1986,7 +1986,7 @@ int __init __acpi_probe_device_table(str
if (acpi_disabled)
return 0;

- spin_lock(&acpi_probe_lock);
+ mutex_lock(&acpi_probe_mutex);
for (ape = ap_head; nr; ape++, nr--) {
acpi_probe_count = 0;
@@ -1999,7 +1999,7 @@ int __init __acpi_probe_device_table(str
- spin_unlock(&acpi_probe_lock);
+ mutex_unlock(&acpi_probe_mutex);

return count;

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