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Date:   Fri, 29 Mar 2019 17:30:44 +0100
From:   Jann Horn <>
To:     Thomas Gleixner <>,
        Ingo Molnar <>, Borislav Petkov <>,
        "H. Peter Anvin" <>,
        Qiaowei Ren <>
Subject: [PATCH v2 1/4] kernel.h: use parentheses around argument in u64_to_user_ptr()

Use parentheses around uses of the argument in u64_to_user_ptr() to ensure
that the cast doesn't apply to part of the argument.

There are existing uses of the macro of the form `u64_to_user_ptr(A + B)`,
which expands to `(void __user *)(uintptr_t)A + B` (the cast applies to the
first operand of the addition, the addition is a pointer addition). This
happens to still work as intended, the semantic difference doesn't cause a
difference in behavior.
But I want to use u64_to_user_ptr() with a ternary operator in the
argument, like so: `u64_to_user_ptr(A ? B : C)`. This currently doesn't
work as intended.

Reviewed-by: Mukesh Ojha <>
Signed-off-by: Jann Horn <>
 include/linux/kernel.h | 4 ++--
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/include/linux/kernel.h b/include/linux/kernel.h
index 34a5036debd3..2d14e21c16c0 100644
--- a/include/linux/kernel.h
+++ b/include/linux/kernel.h
@@ -47,8 +47,8 @@
 #define u64_to_user_ptr(x) (		\
 {					\
-	typecheck(u64, x);		\
-	(void __user *)(uintptr_t)x;	\
+	typecheck(u64, (x));		\
+	(void __user *)(uintptr_t)(x);	\
 }					\

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