[BUG]: spi-nor: spi_nor_init() fails when SR locked

David Clear dac2 at pensando.io
Mon Jul 20 14:13:26 EDT 2020

Hi Tudor,

I'm seeing a change of behavior in spi-nor/next vs. my older 4.14
kernel w.r.t. how SR lock is working.

In my system with a Micron mt25qu02g, I'm using the hardware WP# to
lock the SR.  When hardware write-protect is on, at the next reboot
the kernel rejects the flash as it cannot unlock the whole device.

I traced the problem to spi_nor_write_sr1_and_check(), which is
writing to the SR and reading back a different value (as the locked SR
bits are immutable).

Call trace:
 spi_nor_unlock+0x54/0x80  (via spi_nor_unlock_all())

spi_nor_write_sr1_and_check() is returning -EIO here:
        if (nor->bouncebuf[0] != sr1) {
                dev_dbg(nor->dev, "SR1: read back test failed\n");
                return -EIO;

In my specific case Linux doesn't have (and cannot be given, for
product security reasons) control over the WP#.  In any case, I don't
think a write-protected flash should be rejected here.

Can you suggest how we might proceed?  The way WP# is used is
board-specific so perhaps a device-tree property of some sort in the
flash device node can inform the code to do or not do the

I can take a look at putting a patch together if you suggest an
acceptable mechanism.


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