It's definitely possible, and I have done that when experimenting with the OSD settings on PCSX2 (Since it seems like PCSX2 does not initialize the OSD settings area of the kernel when you launch homebrew ELFs directly). But it shouldn't be necessary because the boot loader is responsible for that. If the boot loader doesn't perform initialization properly, the boot loader should be fixed.
Originally Posted by mark_k
Even Sony doesn't put the patches for the SCPH-10000's kernel is every game they release. So far it has always existed as an OSD update that gets stored on the user's memory card.
Unmodified SCPH-77006 with SM 3.6
SCPH-39006 with M-chip modchip, SCPH-10281 NA and refurb Seagate 80GB HDD
SCPH-10000 v1.00 with SCPH-10190 PCMCIA NA and SCPH-20400 HDD unit