Re: [PATCH] arm64: defconfig: Enable cros-ec and battery driver

From: Rhyland Klein
Date: Wed May 25 2016 - 12:36:31 EST

On 5/25/2016 12:29 PM, Jon Hunter wrote:
> On 25/05/16 17:10, Jon Hunter wrote:
> ...
>> So power_supply_read_temp() calls ->get_property() and passes the
>> power_supply psy struct which is initialised. The problem is that inside
>> the bq27xxx driver, this then kicks off the worker thread to update the
>> bq27xxx state and when this worker thread runs it attempts to access the
>> same psy struct but by dereferencing a pointer to it from the
>> bq27xxx_device_info where the pointer has not been initialised yet.
>> Therefore, IMO it seems that we should not allow this worker thread to
>> start until the registration has completed and hence the pointer is
>> initialised.
> Sorry, it is not the actual worker thread that triggers the NULL pointer
> deference, but the function bq27xxx_battery_poll() that schedules the
> worker thread. Anyway, I still don't see that we need to update the
> bq27xxx state during the registration especially seeing as we call
> bq27xxx_battery_update() after the registration is complete. It seems
> that updating the overall state should be mutually exclusive from
> reading the temp.
> Looking at my patch, it does appear that the worker thread which also
> calls bq27xxx_battery_update() is still scheduled and so may be it
> should be ...
> diff --git a/drivers/power/bq27xxx_battery.c b/drivers/power/bq27xxx_battery.c
> index 45f6ebf88df6..1334ed522332 100644
> --- a/drivers/power/bq27xxx_battery.c
> +++ b/drivers/power/bq27xxx_battery.c
> @@ -733,6 +733,9 @@ static void bq27xxx_battery_poll(struct work_struct *work)
> container_of(work, struct bq27xxx_device_info,
> + if (!di->bat)
> + return;
> +
> bq27xxx_battery_update(di);
> if (poll_interval > 0) {

I can see that getting the temperature could work. I would point out
that I don't see any recent changes to bq27xxx or the power_supply_core
that would imply this is a regression. My guess is that up until now,
for devices that support the TEMP property, CONFIG_THERMAL isn't been

So here are my thoughts.... we can do 2 things here:

1) patch bq27xxx in some manner that will allow the bq27xxx driver to
work report the temp during register (such as above patch).
2) Patch the core to avoid using get_property callback during registration.

I think for our immediate concern and crash, #1 is fine. It will work
and is fine. I however think this is just a symptom of the larger issue
(#2). In this case, the problem we see is that di->bat is used before it
is set, and we have a way around it. However, for EVERY device that
registers and has TEMP prop (and CONFIG_THERMAL enabled) it is going to
receive a call with its relative di->bat uninitialized too.

I don't know for certain if #2 has caused problems anywhere else, and I
would be surprised if it has and hasn't been caught.

AS far as this crash is concerned, I think either approach will work.
Adding in David, Dmitry, and Sebastian (maintainers) to see if they have
a preferred approach.