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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Syscall arguments are unsigned long (full registers)

> On 4 Jul 2016, at 16:59, Arnd Bergmann <> wrote:
> On Monday, July 4, 2016 2:47:10 PM CEST Tautschnig, Michael wrote:
>> Thanks a lot for the immediate feedback.
>>> On 4 Jul 2016, at 16:28, Andi Kleen <> wrote:
>>> On Mon, Jul 04, 2016 at 01:52:58PM +0000, Tautschnig, Michael wrote:
>>>> 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.
>>> Does this actually fix anything?
>> It will ensure the behaviour on 32 and 64-bit systems is consistent, i.e.,
>> no truncation occurs. This is to ensure that future uses of these syscalls
^^^ no *hidden*

>> do not face surprises.

> This is the same truncation that we do with SYSCALL_DEFINE2(),
> clearing the top 32 bits of the 'code' parameter to ensure that
> user space doesn't pass data unexpectedly.
> That change seems reasonable, but why not just use SYSCALL_DEFINE2()
> directly for consistency with the other syscalls?

Happy to provide such an updated patch; Andi seemed less confident this should
be going ahead?


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