Cortex A9 MP: ARM errata 754323 implementation?

Dirk Behme dirk.behme at
Thu Sep 3 01:26:49 PDT 2015

On 03.09.2015 10:05, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 03, 2015 at 09:40:21AM +0200, Dirk Behme wrote:
>> looking through the ARM Cortex A9 errata list [1] I wonder why we don't have
>> a workaround for
>> (754323) Repeated Store in the same cache line might delay the visibility of
>> the Store
>> in the kernel? Or have I missed it?
> The policy for errata is not to implement them unless there's a requirement
> to do so - and then the errata should be implemented in board firmware in
> preference to the kernel where possible.
> Are you seeing a problem directly attributable to this errata?

I got a report from some internal testing that an issue they see goes 
away if they enable 754327. I rejected this because i.MX6 is > r2p0 and 
therefore can't be affected by this errata. Looking through the list of 
erratas I then found the related 754323 which seems to apply to i.MX6, 
but is not implemented.

The issue we are talking about is

Internal error: Oops - BUG: 0 [#1] PREEMPT SMP ARM
PC is at kfree+0x10c/0x238
LR is at release_firmware+0x5c/0x70

which is said to be triggered by this code

void kfree(const void *x)
page = virt_to_head_page(x);
if (unlikely(!PageSlab(page))) {

on a custom 3.14.x kernel. I haven't looked into this myself, but at 
least two people think that the kmalloc/kfree is correct with the 
request_firmware()/release_firmware() usage in the driver.

Best regards


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