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[PATCH 1/2] y2038: make CONFIG_64BIT_TIME unconditional

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.

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.

Note: for native 32-bit mode, no change is needed, this works as
designed and user space should never need to clear the upper 32
bits of the tv_nsec field, in or out of the kernel.

Fixes: 00bf25d693e7 ("y2038: use time32 syscall names on 32-bit")
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
 config 64BIT_TIME
-	def_bool ARCH_HAS_64BIT_TIME
+	def_bool y
 	  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

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