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Subject[tip:timers/core] posix-cpu-timers: Make set_process_cpu_timer() more robust
Commit-ID:  a9445e47d897054876b8f43e46dc5a3eca2b844d
Author: Max R. P. Grossmann <>
AuthorDate: Mon, 8 Jan 2018 20:01:57 +0100
Committer: Thomas Gleixner <>
CommitDate: Sun, 14 Jan 2018 20:50:59 +0100

posix-cpu-timers: Make set_process_cpu_timer() more robust

Because the return value of cpu_timer_sample_group() is not checked,
compilers and static checkers can legitimately warn about a potential use
of the uninitialized variable 'now'. This is not a runtime issue as all call
sites hand in valid clock ids.

Also cpu_timer_sample_group() is invoked unconditionally even when the
result is not used because *oldval is NULL.

Make the invocation conditional and check the return value.

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Signed-off-by: Max R. P. Grossmann <>
Signed-off-by: Thomas Gleixner <>
kernel/time/posix-cpu-timers.c | 3 +--
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kernel/time/posix-cpu-timers.c b/kernel/time/posix-cpu-timers.c
index cef79ca..ec9f5da 100644
--- a/kernel/time/posix-cpu-timers.c
+++ b/kernel/time/posix-cpu-timers.c
@@ -1189,9 +1189,8 @@ void set_process_cpu_timer(struct task_struct *tsk, unsigned int clock_idx,
u64 now;

- cpu_timer_sample_group(clock_idx, tsk, &now);

- if (oldval) {
+ if (oldval && cpu_timer_sample_group(clock_idx, tsk, &now) != -EINVAL) {
* We are setting itimer. The *oldval is absolute and we update
* it to be relative, *newval argument is relative and we update
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