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Subject[PATCH] init: Fix crash observed if there is no initial console
Systems with no initial console crash in f_dupfd(). This happens because
console_on_rootfs() was changed to call filp_open(). Its return value
(a file pointer) is checked against NULL, but returns an ERR_PTR after
errors. This ERR_PTR is then passed as file parameter to f_dupfd(),
which experiences a severe case of indigestion.

Cc: Dominik Brodowski <>
Cc: Linus Torvalds <>
Fixes: 8243186f0cc7 ("fs: remove ksys_dup()"),
Signed-off-by: Guenter Roeck <>
init/main.c | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/init/main.c b/init/main.c
index ec3a1463ac69..1ecfd43ed464 100644
--- a/init/main.c
+++ b/init/main.c
@@ -1163,7 +1163,7 @@ void console_on_rootfs(void)

/* Open /dev/console in kernelspace, this should never fail */
file = filp_open("/dev/console", O_RDWR, 0);
- if (!file)
+ if (IS_ERR(file))
goto err_out;

/* create stdin/stdout/stderr, this should never fail */
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