[PATCH] arm64: If 'getrandom' syscall fails, don't error out - just warn and proceed.

Bhupesh Sharma bhsharma at redhat.com
Mon Oct 22 13:20:20 PDT 2018

For calculating the random 'kaslr-seed' value to be passed to the
secondary kernel (kexec or kdump), we invoke the 'getrandom' syscall
inside 'setup_2nd_dtb()' function.

Normally on most arm64 systems this syscall doesn't fail when the
initrd scriptware (which arms kdump service) invokes the same.
However, recently I noticed that on the 'hp-moonshot' arm64 boards,
we have an issue with the newer kernels which causes the same
to fail. As a result, the kdump service fails and we are not able
to use the kdump infrastructure just after boot. As expected, once the
random pool is sufficiently populated and we launch the kdump service
arming scripts again (manually), then the kdump service is properly

Lets handle the same, by not error'ing out if 'getrandom' syscall fails.
Rather lets warn the user and proceed further by setting the
'kaslr-seed' value as 0 for the secondary kernel - which implies that it
boots in a 'nokaslr' mode.

Tested on my 'hp-moonshot' and 'qualcomm-amberwing' arm64 boards.

Signed-off-by: Bhupesh Sharma <bhsharma at redhat.com>
 kexec/arch/arm64/kexec-arm64.c | 17 ++++++++++++++---
 1 file changed, 14 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kexec/arch/arm64/kexec-arm64.c b/kexec/arch/arm64/kexec-arm64.c
index 7a124795f3d0..b143e861f7d9 100644
--- a/kexec/arch/arm64/kexec-arm64.c
+++ b/kexec/arch/arm64/kexec-arm64.c
@@ -492,10 +492,21 @@ static int setup_2nd_dtb(struct dtb *dtb, char *command_line, int on_crash)
 		if(result == -1) {
-			dbgprintf("%s: Reading random bytes failed.\n",
+			fprintf(stderr, "%s: Reading random bytes failed.\n",
+					__func__);
+			/* Currently on some arm64 platforms this
+			 * 'getrandom' system call fails while booting
+			 * the platform.
+			 *
+			 * In case, this happens at best we can set
+			 * the 'kaslr_seed' as 0, indicating that the
+			 * 2nd kernel will be booted with a 'nokaslr'
+			 * like behaviour.
+			 */
+			fdt_val64 = 0UL;
+			dbgprintf("%s: Disabling KASLR in secondary kernel.\n",
-			result = -EINVAL;
-			goto on_error;
 		nodeoffset = fdt_path_offset(new_buf, "/chosen");

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