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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] time: Fix NTP adjustment mult overflow.
On Thu, 9 Oct 2014, pang.xunlei wrote:

First of all: Please use proper line breaks in the changelog.

> The mult memember of struct clocksource should always be a large u32
> number when calculated through __clocksource_updatefreq_scale(). The
> value of (cs->mult+cs->maxadj) may have a chance to reach very near

And what's the actual problem with reaching a value near 0xFFFFFFFF?

> For instance, 555MHz oscillator: cs->mult is 0xE6A17102,
> cs->maxadj is 0x195E8EFD, cs->mult+cs->maxadj is 0xFFFFFFFF. Such
> oscillators would probably exist on some processors like MIPS which
> use CP0 compare/count CPU clock as the clock source.

Again, what's the problem?

> Clocksource might encounter large frequency adjustment due to the
> hardware unstability, environment temperature, software deviation,
> NTP algorithm accuracy, etc. When NTP slewes the clock, kernel goes
> through update_wall_time()->...->timekeeping_apply_adjustment():
> tk->tkr.mult += mult_adj; Unfortunately, tk->tkr.mult may overflow
> after this operation, though such cases are next to impossible to
> happen in practice.

So you adding this just for correctness reasons, not because you
observed the problem in practice?



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