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Re: [PATCH 1/2] y2038: make CONFIG_64BIT_TIME unconditional

Hi Arnd,

> As Stepan Golosunov points out, we made a small mistake in the
> get_timespec64() function in the kernel. It was originally added under
> the assumption that CONFIG_64BIT_TIME would get enabled on all 32-bit
> and 64-bit architectures, but when I did the conversion, I only turned
> it on for 32-bit ones.
> The effect is that the get_timespec64() function never clears the
> upper half of the tv_nsec field for 32-bit tasks in compat mode.
> Clearing this is required for POSIX compliant behavior of functions
> that pass a 'timespec' structure with a 64-bit tv_sec and a 32-bit
> tv_nsec, plus uninitialized padding.

On my 32 bit ARM setup (with CONFIG_COMPAT_32BIT_TIME=y) for
Y2038 test:

- I do use clock_settime64 [1] to set 64 bit tv_sec
  with 32 bit tv_nsec and 32 bit unnamed padding.

- I also may use clock_settime32 as a fallback (but it will not work
  beyond Y2038) if the 64 bit version is not available for any reason.

In the get_timespec64() the in_compat_syscall() returns 0 [2], so the
padding bits are not cleared.

This imposes the in glibc requirement to zero the padding before passing
it to the Linux kernel.

At least for my setup (32bit ARM with 64 bit time support) this patch is
not fixing anything.

Moreover, the described above problem doesn't matter on native 64 bit
systems as there both fields are 64 bit (no padding required).

[1] -

[2] - include/linux/compat.h -> CONFIG_COMPAT is not defined - as a
result in_compat_syscall() returns 0.

> The easiest fix for linux-5.1 is to just make the Kconfig symbol
> unconditional, as it was originally intended. As a follow-up,
> we should remove any #ifdef CONFIG_64BIT_TIME completely.
> Link:
> Cc: Lukasz Majewski <> Cc: Stepan Golosunov
> <> Signed-off-by: Arnd Bergmann <>
> ---
> Please apply this one as a bugfix for 5.1
> ---
>  arch/Kconfig | 2 +-
>  1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
> diff --git a/arch/Kconfig b/arch/Kconfig
> index 33687dddd86a..9092e0ffe4d3 100644
> --- a/arch/Kconfig
> +++ b/arch/Kconfig
> @@ -764,7 +764,7 @@ config COMPAT_OLD_SIGACTION
>  	bool
>  config 64BIT_TIME
> -	def_bool ARCH_HAS_64BIT_TIME
> +	def_bool y
>  	help
>  	  This should be selected by all architectures that need to
> support new system calls with a 64-bit time_t. This is relevant on
> all 32-bit

Best regards,

Lukasz Majewski


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