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SubjectRe: [RFC] parisc64: change __kernel_suseconds_t to match glibc
Hi Arnd,

On 13.09.2018 17:59, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> There are only two 64-bit architecture ports that have a 32-bit
> suseconds_t: sparc64 and parisc64. I've encountered a number of problems
> with this, while trying to get a proper 64-bit time_t working on 32-bit
> architectures. Having a 32-bit suseconds_t combined with a 64-bit time_t
> means that we get extra padding in data structures that may leak kernel
> stack data to user space, and it breaks all code that assumes that
> timespec and timeval have the same layout.
> While we can't change sparc64, it seems that glibc on parisc64 has always
> set suseconds_t to 'long', and the current version would give incorrect
> results for gettimeofday() and many other interfaces: timestamps passed
> from user space into the kernel result in tv_usec being always zero
> (the lower bits contain the intended value but are ignored) while data
> passed from the kernel to user space contains either zeroes or random
> data in tv_usec.

Should this wrong behavior be visible with 32-bit userspace or
with 64-bit userspace (or both)?
I didn't noticed such wrong behavior yet.

Can you suggest some test programs to verify?
LTP seems to be correct.

> Based on that, it seems best to change the user API in the kernel in
> an incompatible way to match what glibc expects.

Basically that sounds the right way to go, but as said before,
I didn't see such issues.

> Note that the distros I could find (gentoo and debian) all just
> have 32-bit user space, which does not suffer from this problem.

That's correct.
Kernel can be 32- or 64-bit, but userspace is currentl 32-bit only.

So, breaking any 64-bit userspace is OK, since we don't have it yet.
Breaking 32-bit userspace needs some thoughts...


> Signed-off-by: Arnd Bergmann <>
> ---
> arch/parisc/include/uapi/asm/posix_types.h | 3 ---
> 1 file changed, 3 deletions(-)
> diff --git a/arch/parisc/include/uapi/asm/posix_types.h b/arch/parisc/include/uapi/asm/posix_types.h
> index 2785632c85e7..8dce56f5dcee 100644
> --- a/arch/parisc/include/uapi/asm/posix_types.h
> +++ b/arch/parisc/include/uapi/asm/posix_types.h
> @@ -16,9 +16,6 @@ typedef unsigned short __kernel_mode_t;
> typedef unsigned short __kernel_ipc_pid_t;
> #define __kernel_ipc_pid_t __kernel_ipc_pid_t
> -typedef int __kernel_suseconds_t;
> -#define __kernel_suseconds_t __kernel_suseconds_t
> -
> typedef long long __kernel_off64_t;
> typedef unsigned long long __kernel_ino64_t;

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