Patchwork [080/118] hrtimer: Fix ktime_add_ns() overflow on 32bit architectures

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Submitter Luis Henriques
Date May 7, 2013, 1:38 p.m.
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Luis Henriques - May 7, 2013, 1:38 p.m. -stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: David Engraf <>

commit 51fd36f3fad8447c487137ae26b9d0b3ce77bb25 upstream.

One can trigger an overflow when using ktime_add_ns() on a 32bit
architecture not supporting CONFIG_KTIME_SCALAR.

When passing a very high value for u64 nsec, e.g. 7881299347898368000
the do_div() function converts this value to seconds (7881299347) which
is still to high to pass to the ktime_set() function as long. The result
in is a negative value.

The problem on my system occurs in the tick-sched.c,
tick_nohz_stop_sched_tick() when time_delta is set to
timekeeping_max_deferment(). The check for time_delta < KTIME_MAX is
valid, thus ktime_add_ns() is called with a too large value resulting in
a negative expire value. This leads to an endless loop in the ticker code:

time_delta: 7881299347898368000
expires = ktime_add_ns(last_update, time_delta)
expires: negative value

This fix caps the value to KTIME_MAX.

This error doesn't occurs on 64bit or architectures supporting

Signed-off-by: David Engraf <>
[jstultz: Minor tweaks to commit message & header]
Signed-off-by: John Stultz <>
Signed-off-by: Luis Henriques <>
 kernel/hrtimer.c | 4 ++++
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+)


diff --git a/kernel/hrtimer.c b/kernel/hrtimer.c
index 97d3742..60f7e32 100644
--- a/kernel/hrtimer.c
+++ b/kernel/hrtimer.c
@@ -298,6 +298,10 @@  ktime_t ktime_sub_ns(const ktime_t kt, u64 nsec)
 	} else {
 		unsigned long rem = do_div(nsec, NSEC_PER_SEC);
+		/* Make sure nsec fits into long */
+		if (unlikely(nsec > KTIME_SEC_MAX))
+			return (ktime_t){ .tv64 = KTIME_MAX };
 		tmp = ktime_set((long)nsec, rem);