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clock_nanosleep - cause the current thread to sleep until a given time


The clock_nanosleep() system call causes the current thread to be suspended from execution until the absolute time specified by *tsp. The suspesion time may be shorter than requested because of the delivery of a signal. If the call is interrupted by the delivery of a signal, the remaining sleep time is returned in the remain argument of type struct timespcae, or is 0 if the timer expired. Two flags for use with nanosleep() are available, and defined in time.h

  • TIMER_ABSTIME - set absolute timer value
  • TIMER_RELTIME - set relative timer value


  • clockid: const clockid_t - The following clocks IDs are available;

  • flags: int - If this is set to 0, the timer expiration value is specified in the request argument and is an absolute value. If the flag is set to TIMER_ABSTIME, ts is an absolute time. If TIMER_RELTIME is specified in flags, ts is a relative time.

  • request: const struct timespec*K - pointer to the timespec structure contains the expcation time of the nanosleep call. For the TIMER_ABSTIME the expiration time is an absolute time specified by request. For the TIMER_RELTIME the expiration time is a relative time specified by request.

  • remain: struct timespec*K - pointer to the timespec structure containing the remaining sleep time left or 0 if the timer expired.

Available Tags

  • K - Originated from kernel-space.
  • U - Originated from user space (for example, pointer to user space memory used to get it)
  • TOCTOU - Vulnerable to TOCTOU (time of check, time of use)
  • OPT - Optional argument - might not always be available (passed with null value)






Hooked to track execution of clock_nanosleep syscall.

Example Use Case

clock_nanosleep can be used to set a timer that will cause the current thread of a process to be suspended for a given amount of time. This can be useful for implementing algorithms such as synchronization, where it is necessary to wait for a certain amount of time before proceeding.


  • clock_nanosleep is vulnerable to TOCTOU (Time-of-Check-Time-of-Use) attack
  • clock_gettime()
  • clock_settime()
  • clock_getres()
  • timer_create()
  • timer_settime()

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