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Date:   Sat, 2 Oct 2021 06:14:57 +0200
From:   Böszörményi Zoltán <>
To:     Andy Shevchenko <>
Cc:, Mika Westerberg <>,
        Andy Shevchenko <>,
        Linux Kernel Mailing List <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] pinctrl-intel: Fix NULL pointer dereference

On 2021. 10. 01. 20:11, Andy Shevchenko wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 21, 2021 at 07:07:17AM +0200, Böszörményi Zoltán wrote:
>> On 2021. 09. 20. 18:00, Andy Shevchenko wrote:
>>> On Mon, Sep 20, 2021 at 4:00 PM <> wrote:
>>>> On an Elkhart Lake based POS hardware prototype, I got this Oops:
> ...
>>>> It's probably a firmware bug, so be overly protective:
>>> Patch is simply wrong. While Oops will be gone, the driver won't work correctly.
>> Of course. But a driver that gives up is better than a
>> crashing kernel which results in udevd and "udevadm settle"
>> stalling forever on it. systemd waits about 6 minutes before
>> continuing the boot process that involves these two services
>> timing out and this also prevents powering the computer down.
> Hiding real bugs is not a good strategy. What you may do is blacklisting it.

I got a better solution.

>>> Yes, it's either a firmware bug or the driver is outdated (depends
>>> from which side you look at this issue).
>>> I have heard that new firmware is on its way to the customers, but I
>>> have no more information right now.
>> Thanks, good to know.
>> I also reported it to the manufacturer, I hope to receive
>> a response from them soon.

They responded with a kernel patch, switching the elkhartlake
pinctrl driver to probe the hardware via HID and this allowed
the driver to initialize.

>> The kernel reports other firmware bugs for this
>> Celeron J6412 based machine.
> Yeah...

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