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Subject[PATCH AUTOSEL 4.9 02/12] cpufreq: check if policy is inactive early in __cpufreq_get()
From: Sudeep Holla <>

[ Upstream commit 2f66196208c98b3d1b4294edffb2c5a8197be899 ]

cpuinfo_cur_freq gets current CPU frequency as detected by hardware
while scaling_cur_freq last known CPU frequency. Some platforms may not
allow checking the CPU frequency of an offline CPU or the associated
resources may have been released via cpufreq_exit when the CPU gets
offlined, in which case the policy would have been invalidated already.
If we attempt to get current frequency from the hardware, it may result
in hang or crash.

For example on Juno, I see:

Unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at virtual address 0000000000000188
[0000000000000188] pgd=0000000000000000
Internal error: Oops: 96000004 [#1] PREEMPT SMP
Modules linked in:
CPU: 5 PID: 4202 Comm: cat Not tainted 4.20.0-08251-ga0f2c0318a15-dirty #87
Hardware name: ARM LTD ARM Juno Development Platform/ARM Juno Development Platform
pstate: 40000005 (nZcv daif -PAN -UAO)
pc : scmi_cpufreq_get_rate+0x34/0xb0
lr : scmi_cpufreq_get_rate+0x34/0xb0
Call trace:
---[ end trace 3d1024e58f77f6b2 ]---

So fix the issue by checking if the policy is invalid early in
__cpufreq_get before attempting to get the current frequency.

Signed-off-by: Sudeep Holla <>
Acked-by: Viresh Kumar <>
Signed-off-by: Rafael J. Wysocki <>

Signed-off-by: Sasha Levin <>
drivers/cpufreq/cpufreq.c | 7 +++----
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/cpufreq/cpufreq.c b/drivers/cpufreq/cpufreq.c
index d6d91e8afa9e..61fe4bbc6dc0 100644
--- a/drivers/cpufreq/cpufreq.c
+++ b/drivers/cpufreq/cpufreq.c
@@ -1496,17 +1496,16 @@ static unsigned int __cpufreq_get(struct cpufreq_policy *policy)
unsigned int ret_freq = 0;

- if (!cpufreq_driver->get)
+ if (unlikely(policy_is_inactive(policy)) || !cpufreq_driver->get)
return ret_freq;

ret_freq = cpufreq_driver->get(policy->cpu);

- * Updating inactive policies is invalid, so avoid doing that. Also
- * if fast frequency switching is used with the given policy, the check
+ * If fast frequency switching is used with the given policy, the check
* against policy->cur is pointless, so skip it in that case too.
- if (unlikely(policy_is_inactive(policy)) || policy->fast_switch_enabled)
+ if (policy->fast_switch_enabled)
return ret_freq;

if (ret_freq && policy->cur &&
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