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SubjectRe: [patch 1/5] lib/vdso/32: Remove inconsistent NULL pointer checks
On Sun, Jul 28, 2019 at 6:20 AM Thomas Gleixner <> wrote:
> The 32bit variants of vdso_clock_gettime()/getres() have a NULL pointer
> check for the timespec pointer. That's inconsistent vs. 64bit.
> But the vdso implementation will never be consistent versus the syscall
> because the only case which it can handle is NULL. Any other invalid
> pointer will cause a segfault. So special casing NULL is not really useful.
> Remove it along with the superflouos syscall fallback invocation as that
> will return -EFAULT anyway. That also gets rid of the dubious typecast
> which only works because the pointer is NULL.

Reviewed-by: Andy Lutomirski <>

FWIW, the equivalent change to gettimeofday would be an ABI break,
since we historically have that check, and it even makes sense there.

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