genirq: prevent wakeup of freed irq thread

free_irq() can remove an irqaction while the corresponding interrupt
is in progress, but free_irq() sets action->thread to NULL
unconditionally, which might lead to a NULL pointer dereference in
handle_IRQ_event() when the hard interrupt context tries to wake up
the handler thread.

Prevent this by moving the thread stop after synchronize_irq(). No
need to set action->thread to NULL either as action is going to be
freed anyway.

This fixes a boot crash reported against preempt-rt which uses the
mainline irq threads code to implement full irq threading.

[ tglx: removed local irqthread variable ]

Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
Signed-off-by: Thomas Gleixner <>
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