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SubjectRe: lockdep warning while booting POWER9 PowerNV
powerpc: define arch_is_kernel_initmem_freed() for lockdep

Under certain circumstances, we hit a warning in lockdep_register_key:

if (WARN_ON_ONCE(static_obj(key)))

This occurs when the key falls into initmem that has since been freed
and can now be reused. This has been observed on boot, and under memory

Define arch_is_kernel_initmem_freed(), which allows lockdep to correctly
identify this memory as dynamic.

This fixes a bug picked up by the powerpc64 syzkaller instance where we
hit the WARN via alloc_netdev_mqs.

Reported-by: Qian Cai <>
Reported-by: ppc syzbot c/o Andrew Donnellan <>
Commit-message-by: Daniel Axtens <>
<mpe signoff here>


The ppc64 syzkaller link is probably not stable enough to go into
the git history forever, but fwiw:

arch/powerpc/include/asm/sections.h | 14 ++++++++++++++
1 file changed, 14 insertions(+)

diff --git a/arch/powerpc/include/asm/sections.h b/arch/powerpc/include/asm/sections.h
index 5a9b6eb651b6..d19871763ed4 100644
--- a/arch/powerpc/include/asm/sections.h
+++ b/arch/powerpc/include/asm/sections.h
@@ -5,8 +5,22 @@

#include <linux/elf.h>
#include <linux/uaccess.h>
+#define arch_is_kernel_initmem_freed arch_is_kernel_initmem_freed
#include <asm-generic/sections.h>

+extern bool init_mem_is_free;
+static inline int arch_is_kernel_initmem_freed(unsigned long addr)
+ if (!init_mem_is_free)
+ return 0;
+ return addr >= (unsigned long)__init_begin &&
+ addr < (unsigned long)__init_end;
extern char __head_end[];

#ifdef __powerpc64__
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