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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] TTY: serial_core: Fix crash if DCD drop during suspend
On Tue, 11 Oct 2011 17:25:44 -0700
Doug Anderson <> wrote:

> This crash was showing up 100% of the time on Tegra CPUs when an
> agetty was running on the serial port and the console was not running
> on the serial port. The reason the Tegra saw it so reliably is that
> the Tegra CPU internally ties DTR to DCD/DSR. That means when we
> dropped DTR during suspend we would get always get an immediate DCD
> drop.
> The specific order of operations that were running:
> * uart_suspend_port() would be called to put the uart in suspend mode
> * we'd drop DTR (ops->set_mctrl(uport, 0)).
> * the DTR drop would be looped back in the CPU to be a DCD drop.
> * the DCD drop would look to the serial driver as a hangup
> * the hangup would call uart_shutdown()
> * ... suspend / resume happens ...
> * uart_resume_port() would be called and run the code in the
> (port->flags & ASYNC_SUSPENDED) block, which would startup the port
> (and enable tx again).
> * Since the UART would be available for tx, we'd immediately get
> an interrupt, eventually calling transmit_chars()
> * The transmit_chars() function would crash. The first crash would
> be a dereference of a NULL tty member, but since the port has been
> shutdown that was just a symptom.
> I have proposed a patch that would fix the Tegra CPUs here (see
> - tty/serial: Prevent drop of DCD
> on suspend for Tegra UARTs). However, even with that fix it is still
> possible for systems that have an externally visible DCD line to see a
> crash if the DCD drops at just the right time during suspend: thus
> this patch is still useful.
> Signed-off-by: Doug Anderson <>

Acked-by: Alan Cox <>

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