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BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at (null)

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 4 (SLES 11 SP4)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 2 (SLES 12 SP2)


On a SLES server a system panic can be encountered followed by the issued backtrace:

<1>[1299303.841465] BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at           (null)
<1>[1299303.842692] IP: [<          (null)>]           (null)
<4>[1299303.843404] PGD 0
<0>[1299303.843798] Oops: 0010 [#1] SMP
<4>[1299303.844048] CPU 2
<4>[1299303.844048] Modules linked in: autofs4 edd nfs lockd fscache auth_rpcgss nfs_acl sunrpc mperf fuse loop ipv6_lib pcspkr serio_raw sg virtio_balloon sr_mod cdrom virtio_net rtc_cmos floppy i2c_piix4 button container dm_mirror dm_region_hash dm_log linear raid456 async_raid6_recov async_pq raid6_pq async_xor xor async_memcpy async_tx raid10 raid1 raid0 ttm drm_kms_helper drm i2c_core sysimgblt sysfillrect syscopyarea sd_mod crc_t10dif uhci_hcd ehci_hcd virtio_scsi usbcore usb_common intel_agp intel_gtt dm_snapshot dm_mod ext3 mbcache jbd fan processor virtio_blk virtio_pci virtio_ring virtio ata_generic ata_piix libata scsi_mod thermal thermal_sys hwmon
<4>[1299303.844048] Supported: Yes
<4>[1299303.844048] Pid: 2249, comm: klogd Not tainted 3.0.101-108.10-default #1 QEMU Standard PC (i440FX + PIIX, 1996)
<4>[1299303.844048] RIP: 0010:[<0000000000000000>]  [<          (null)>]           (null)
<4>[1299303.844048] RSP: 0018:ffff880bf1527d30  EFLAGS: 00010046
<4>[1299303.844048] RAX: ffffffff81605c60 RBX: ffff880bf6628440 RCX: 0000000000001e89
<4>[1299303.844048] RDX: 0000000000000011 RSI: ffff880bf6628440 RDI: ffff880c3fc90b00
<4>[1299303.844048] RBP: ffff880bf1527d58 R08: 0000000000000001 R09: 00000000ffffffff
<4>[1299303.844048] R10: ffff880c3fc90ba0 R11: 0000000000000000 R12: ffff880c3fc90b00
<4>[1299303.844048] R13: 0000000000000000 R14: 0000000000000063 R15: 0000000000000000
<4>[1299303.844048] FS:  00007fc1f1fd1700(0000) GS:ffff880c3fc80000(0000) knlGS:0000000000000000
<4>[1299303.844048] CS:  0010 DS: 0000 ES: 0000 CR0: 0000000080050033
<4>[1299303.844048] CR2: 0000000000000000 CR3: 0000000bf254b000 CR4: 00000000000006e0
<4>[1299303.844048] DR0: 0000000000000000 DR1: 0000000000000000 DR2: 0000000000000000
<4>[1299303.844048] DR3: 0000000000000000 DR6: 00000000ffff0ff0 DR7: 0000000000000400
<4>[1299303.844048] Process klogd (pid: 2249, threadinfo ffff880bf1526000, task ffff880bf2e1a580)
<0>[1299303.844048] Stack:
<4>[1299303.844048]  ffffffff8105869e ffff880bf1527fd8 ffff880bf6628440 0000000000000000
<4>[1299303.844048]  ffff880c3fc90b00 ffff880bf1527d88 ffffffff81058724 ffff880bf2e1a580
<4>[1299303.844048]  ffff880bf6628440 0000000000010b00 00007fc1f1f8f073 ffff880bf1527da8
<0>[1299303.844048] Call Trace:
<0>[1299303.844048] Inexact backtrace:
<4>[1299303.844048]  [<ffffffff8105869e>] ? ttwu_do_activate+0x3e/0x80
<4>[1299303.844048]  [<ffffffff81058724>] ? sched_ttwu_do_pending+0x44/0x60
<4>[1299303.844048]  [<ffffffff81058777>] ? scheduler_ipi+0x37/0x140
<4>[1299303.844048]  [<ffffffff814742f3>] ? reschedule_interrupt+0x13/0x20
<4>[1299303.844048]  [<ffffffff8106463f>] ? do_syslog+0x3df/0x4d0
<4>[1299303.844048]  [<ffffffff8106465b>] ? do_syslog+0x3fb/0x4d0
<4>[1299303.844048]  [<ffffffff810856b0>] ? wake_up_bit+0x40/0x40
<4>[1299303.844048]  [<ffffffff811c9ffe>] ? kmsg_read+0x2e/0x70
<4>[1299303.844048]  [<ffffffff811be4a7>] ? proc_reg_read+0x77/0xc0
<4>[1299303.844048]  [<ffffffff81160687>] ? vfs_read+0xc7/0x130
<4>[1299303.844048]  [<ffffffff811607f3>] ? sys_read+0x53/0xa0
<4>[1299303.844048]  [<ffffffff814733f2>] ? system_call_fastpath+0x16/0x1b
<0>[1299303.844048] Code:  Bad RIP value.
<1>[1299303.844048] RIP  [<          (null)>]           (null)
<4>[1299303.844048]  RSP <ffff880bf1527d30>
<0>[1299303.844048] CR2: 0000000000000000


Fix is available for SLES11 SP4 in kernel-default-3.0.101-108.35.1
Fix is available for SLE12 SP2 in kernel-default-4.4.103-92.53.1


The swapper process is sleeping while being in an interrupt context.

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  • Document ID:7023106
  • Creation Date: 18-Jun-2018
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
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