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Subject[PATCH v2] x86/mce/therm_throt: Fix the access of uninitialized therm_work
In ICL platform, it is easy to hit bootup failure with panic
in thermal interrupt handler during early bootup stage.

Such issue makes my platform almost can not boot up with
latest kernel code.

The call stack is like:
kernel BUG at kernel/timer/timer.c:1152!

Call Trace:

When one CPU is up, the irq is enabled prior to CPU UP
notification which will then initialize therm_worker.
Such race will cause the posssibility that interrupt
handler therm_throt_process() accesses uninitialized
therm_work, then system hit panic at very early bootup

In my ICL platform, it can be reproduced in several times
of reboot stress. With this fix, the system keeps alive
for more than 200 times of reboot stress.

V2: Boris shares a good suggestion that we can moving the
interrupt unmasking at the end of therm_work initialization.

Signed-off-by: Chuansheng Liu <>
arch/x86/kernel/cpu/mce/therm_throt.c | 11 +++++++----
1 file changed, 7 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/mce/therm_throt.c b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/mce/therm_throt.c
index b38010b541d6..528b85664b46 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/mce/therm_throt.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/mce/therm_throt.c
@@ -467,6 +467,7 @@ static int thermal_throttle_online(unsigned int cpu)
struct thermal_state *state = &per_cpu(thermal_state, cpu);
struct device *dev = get_cpu_device(cpu);
+ u32 l;

state->package_throttle.level = PACKAGE_LEVEL;
state->core_throttle.level = CORE_LEVEL;
@@ -474,6 +475,12 @@ static int thermal_throttle_online(unsigned int cpu)
INIT_DELAYED_WORK(&state->package_throttle.therm_work, throttle_active_work);
INIT_DELAYED_WORK(&state->core_throttle.therm_work, throttle_active_work);

+ /* Unmask the thermal vector after
+ * therm_works are initialized.
+ */
+ l = apic_read(APIC_LVTTHMR);
+ apic_write(APIC_LVTTHMR, l & ~APIC_LVT_MASKED);
return thermal_throttle_add_dev(dev, cpu);

@@ -722,10 +729,6 @@ void intel_init_thermal(struct cpuinfo_x86 *c)
rdmsr(MSR_IA32_MISC_ENABLE, l, h);

- /* Unmask the thermal vector: */
- l = apic_read(APIC_LVTTHMR);
- apic_write(APIC_LVTTHMR, l & ~APIC_LVT_MASKED);
pr_info_once("CPU0: Thermal monitoring enabled (%s)\n",
tm2 ? "TM2" : "TM1");

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