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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3] ext4: Fix reading of extended tv_sec (bug 23732)
On Thu, Nov 07, 2013 at 06:26:47PM -0500, David Turner wrote:
> In ext4, the bottom two bits of {a,c,m}time_extra are used to extend
> the {a,c,m}time fields, deferring the year 2038 problem to the year
> 2446. The representation (which this patch does not alter) is a bit
> hackish, in that the most-significant bit is no longer (alone)
> sufficient to indicate the sign. That's because we're representing an
> asymmetric range, with seven times as many positive values as
> negative.
> When decoding these extended fields, for times whose bottom 32 bits
> would represent a negative number, sign extension causes the 64-bit
> extended timestamp to be negative as well, which is not what's
> intended. This patch corrects that issue, so that the only negative
> {a,c,m}times are those between 1901 and 1970 (as per 32-bit signed
> timestamps).
> Signed-off-by: David Turner <>
> Reported-by: Mark Harris <>
> Bugzilla:
> Reviewed-by: Jan Kara <>

Thanks, applied.

- Ted

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