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Subject[PATCH] Syscall arguments are unsigned long (full registers)
All syscall arguments are passed in as types of the same byte size as
unsigned long (width of full registers). Using a smaller type without a
cast may result in losing bits of information. In all other instances
apart from the ones fixed by the patch the code explicitly introduces
type casts (using, e.g., SYSCALL_DEFINE1).

While goto-cc reported these problems at build time, it is noteworthy
that the calling conventions specified in the System V AMD64 ABI do
ensure that parameters 1-6 are passed via registers, thus there is no
implied risk of misaligned stack access.

Signed-off-by: Michael Tautschnig <>
Cc: Thomas Gleixner <>
Cc: Ingo Molnar <>
Cc: H. Peter Anvin <>
Cc: Jaswinder Singh <>
Cc: Andi Kleen <>
arch/x86/include/asm/syscalls.h | 4 ++--
arch/x86/kernel/ioport.c | 2 +-
arch/x86/kernel/process_64.c | 2 +-
include/linux/syscalls.h | 2 +-
4 files changed, 5 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86/include/asm/syscalls.h b/arch/x86/include/asm/syscalls.h
index 91dfcaf..7dc3161 100644
--- a/arch/x86/include/asm/syscalls.h
+++ b/arch/x86/include/asm/syscalls.h
@@ -17,7 +17,7 @@

/* Common in X86_32 and X86_64 */
/* kernel/ioport.c */
-asmlinkage long sys_ioperm(unsigned long, unsigned long, int);
+asmlinkage long sys_ioperm(unsigned long, unsigned long, unsigned long);
asmlinkage long sys_iopl(unsigned int);

/* kernel/ldt.c */
@@ -45,7 +45,7 @@ asmlinkage long sys_vm86(unsigned long, unsigned long);

/* X86_64 only */
/* kernel/process_64.c */
-asmlinkage long sys_arch_prctl(int, unsigned long);
+asmlinkage long sys_arch_prctl(unsigned long, unsigned long);

/* kernel/sys_x86_64.c */
asmlinkage long sys_mmap(unsigned long, unsigned long, unsigned long,
diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/ioport.c b/arch/x86/kernel/ioport.c
index 589b319..ae8ce91 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/ioport.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/ioport.c
@@ -20,7 +20,7 @@
* this changes the io permissions bitmap in the current task.
-asmlinkage long sys_ioperm(unsigned long from, unsigned long num, int turn_on)
+asmlinkage long sys_ioperm(unsigned long from, unsigned long num, unsigned long turn_on)
struct thread_struct *t = &current->thread;
struct tss_struct *tss;
diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/process_64.c b/arch/x86/kernel/process_64.c
index 6e789ca..a4ec3e3 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/process_64.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/process_64.c
@@ -585,7 +585,7 @@ long do_arch_prctl(struct task_struct *task, int code, unsigned long addr)
return ret;

-long sys_arch_prctl(int code, unsigned long addr)
+long sys_arch_prctl(unsigned long code, unsigned long addr)
return do_arch_prctl(current, code, addr);
diff --git a/include/linux/syscalls.h b/include/linux/syscalls.h
index d022390..ca3c03d 100644
--- a/include/linux/syscalls.h
+++ b/include/linux/syscalls.h
@@ -492,7 +492,7 @@ asmlinkage long sys_pipe2(int __user *fildes, int flags);
asmlinkage long sys_dup(unsigned int fildes);
asmlinkage long sys_dup2(unsigned int oldfd, unsigned int newfd);
asmlinkage long sys_dup3(unsigned int oldfd, unsigned int newfd, int flags);
-asmlinkage long sys_ioperm(unsigned long from, unsigned long num, int on);
+asmlinkage long sys_ioperm(unsigned long from, unsigned long num, unsigned long on);
asmlinkage long sys_ioctl(unsigned int fd, unsigned int cmd,
unsigned long arg);
asmlinkage long sys_flock(unsigned int fd, unsigned int cmd);
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