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Date:   Fri, 9 Oct 2020 20:38:56 -0700
From:   Deepa Dinamani <>
To:     Willem de Bruijn <>
Cc:     Christian Eggers <>,
        "David S . Miller" <>,
        Jakub Kicinski <>,
        Christoph Hellwig <>,
        Network Development <>,
        linux-kernel <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net 2/2] socket: don't clear SOCK_TSTAMP_NEW when
 SO_TIMESTAMPNS is disabled

On Fri, Oct 9, 2020 at 5:35 PM Willem de Bruijn
<> wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 9, 2020 at 6:32 AM Christian Eggers <> wrote:
> >
> > SOCK_TSTAMP_NEW (timespec64 instead of timespec) is also used for
> > hardware time stamps (configured via SO_TIMESTAMPING_NEW).
> >
> > User space (ptp4l) first configures hardware time stamping via
> > SO_TIMESTAMPING_NEW which sets SOCK_TSTAMP_NEW. In the next step, ptp4l
> > disables SO_TIMESTAMPNS(_NEW) (software time stamps), but this must not
> > switch hardware time stamps back to "32 bit mode".
> >
> > This problem happens on 32 bit platforms were the libc has already
> > switched to struct timespec64 (from SO_TIMExxx_OLD to SO_TIMExxx_NEW
> > socket options). ptp4l complains with "missing timestamp on transmitted
> > peer delay request" because the wrong format is received (and
> > discarded).
> >
> > Fixes: 887feae36aee ("socket: Add SO_TIMESTAMP[NS]_NEW")
> > Fixes: 783da70e8396 ("net: add sock_enable_timestamps")
> > Signed-off-by: Christian Eggers <>
> Acked-by: Willem de Bruijn <>
> Yes, we should just select SOCK_TSTAMP_NEW based on which of the two
> syscall variants the process uses.
> There is no need to reset on timestamp disable: in the common case the
> selection is immaterial as timestamping is disabled.
> As this commit message shows, with SO_TIMESTAMP(NS) and
> SO_TIMESTAMPING that can be independently turned on and off, disabling
> one can incorrectly switch modes while the other is still active.

This will not help the case when a child process that inherits the fd
and then sets SO_TIMESTAMP*_OLD/NEW on it, while the parent uses the
other version.
One of the two processes might still be surprised. But, child and
parent actively using the same socket fd might be expecting trouble

Acked-by: Deepa Dinamani <>


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