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Subject[PATCH] thermal_sys: check get_temp return value
The return value of the get_temp function is not checked when doing a
thermal zone update. This may lead to a critical shutdown if get_temp
fails and the content of the temp variable is incorrectly set higher
than the critical trip point.
This has been observed on a system with incorrect ACPI implementation
where the corresponding methods were not serialized and therefore
sometimes triggered ACPI errors (AE_ALREADY_EXISTS). The following
critical shutdowns indicated a temperature of 2097 C, which was
obviously wrong.

The patch adds a return value check that jumps over all trip point
evaluations printing a warning if get_temp fails. The trip points are
evaluated again on the next polling interval with successful get_temp

Signed-off-by: Michael Brunner <>


drivers/thermal/thermal_sys.c | 9 ++++++++-
1 files changed, 8 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/thermal/thermal_sys.c b/drivers/thermal/thermal_sys.c
index 0a69672..4e83c29 100644
--- a/drivers/thermal/thermal_sys.c
+++ b/drivers/thermal/thermal_sys.c
@@ -953,7 +953,12 @@ void thermal_zone_device_update(struct thermal_zone_device *tz)


- tz->ops->get_temp(tz, &temp);
+ if (tz->ops->get_temp(tz, &temp)) {
+ /* get_temp failed - retry it later */
+ printk(KERN_WARNING PREFIX "failed to read out thermal zone "
+ "%d\n", tz->id);
+ goto leave;
+ }

for (count = 0; count < tz->trips; count++) {
tz->ops->get_trip_type(tz, count, &trip_type);
@@ -1005,6 +1010,8 @@ void thermal_zone_device_update(struct thermal_zone_device *tz)

tz->last_temperature = temp;
+ leave:
if (tz->passive)
thermal_zone_device_set_polling(tz, tz->passive_delay);
else if (tz->polling_delay)

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