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Subject[RFC 3/3] slab.h: use check_mul_overflow in kmalloc_array
For recent enough gcc, check_mul_overflow maps to
__builtin_mul_overflow, which on e.g. x86 allows gcc to do the
multiplication and then check the overflow flag, instead of doing a
separate comparison (which may even involve an expensive division, in
the cases where size is not a compile-time constant).

Unfortunately, it's not necessarily always a performance improvement:
For example, when size is a compile-time constant power-of-2, gcc will
now do the multiplication using the mul instruction instead of doing a
comparison against an immediate and then a left shift for the
multiplication. However, I think the compiler should be trusted to
optimize the code - nothing prevents it from doing the overflow check
the old way.

Signed-off-by: Rasmus Villemoes <>
include/linux/slab.h | 7 +++++--
1 file changed, 5 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/include/linux/slab.h b/include/linux/slab.h
index a99f0e5243e1..82e49dee938d 100644
--- a/include/linux/slab.h
+++ b/include/linux/slab.h
@@ -14,6 +14,7 @@
#include <linux/gfp.h>
#include <linux/types.h>
#include <linux/workqueue.h>
+#include <linux/overflow.h>

@@ -524,9 +525,11 @@ int memcg_update_all_caches(int num_memcgs);
static inline void *kmalloc_array(size_t n, size_t size, gfp_t flags)
- if (size != 0 && n > SIZE_MAX / size)
+ size_t prod;
+ if (check_mul_overflow(n, size, &prod))
return NULL;
- return __kmalloc(n * size, flags);
+ return __kmalloc(prod, flags);


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