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Date:   Thu, 16 May 2019 15:31:25 +0100
From:   Steven Price <>
To:     Andrew Morton <>,
        Mike Rapoport <>
Cc:     Christoph Hellwig <>,,
        Steven Price <>,
        Mark Rutland <>
Subject: [PATCH] initramfs: Don't free a non-existent initrd

Since 54c7a8916a88 ("initramfs: free initrd memory if opening
/initrd.image fails"), the kernel has unconditionally attempted to free
the initrd even if it doesn't exist. In the non-existent case this
causes a boot-time splat if CONFIG_DEBUG_VIRTUAL is enabled due to a
call to virt_to_phys() with a NULL address.

Instead we should check that the initrd actually exists and only attempt
to free it if it does.

Fixes: 54c7a8916a88 ("initramfs: free initrd memory if opening /initrd.image fails")
Reported-by: Mark Rutland <>
Tested-by: Mark Rutland <>
Signed-off-by: Steven Price <>
 init/initramfs.c | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/init/initramfs.c b/init/initramfs.c
index 435a428c2af1..178130fd61c2 100644
--- a/init/initramfs.c
+++ b/init/initramfs.c
@@ -669,7 +669,7 @@ static int __init populate_rootfs(void)
 	 * If the initrd region is overlapped with crashkernel reserved region,
 	 * free only memory that is not part of crashkernel region.
-	if (!do_retain_initrd && !kexec_free_initrd())
+	if (!do_retain_initrd && initrd_start && !kexec_free_initrd())
 		free_initrd_mem(initrd_start, initrd_end);
 	initrd_start = 0;
 	initrd_end = 0;

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