Photoshop: Cloning on a layer within a group with a vector mask set to 100% density always clones white pixels in large files

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I work with 5000x5000px 16 bits files that contain multiple linked layers. These layers are grouped within a group. This group has a vector mask. I need to clone so I have a clone layer above all linked layers. This is the structure:

Group [vector mask]
-Pixel layer (cloning happens in this layer with 'current & below')
-Linked layer 1
-Linked layer 2
-Linked layer 3

When I set the density of the vector mask to 100% whatever cloning I do is white. When I set the density to anything else than 100%, even 99%, the cloning works as expected. For me this is really annoying since I work a lot with these files.

This bug occurs on every Mac computer I have tested it on: iMacs, MacBooks, Mac Pro. The bug has been here with older versions of Photoshop CC and I have filed a bug report a couple of years ago, nothing happened.
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I get this all the time too with vector masks. You mention you get white pixels, out of curiosity, is your background color set to white? I ask because I get dark grey pixels, not white, but my background color default is dark grey. Seems it's essentially cloning the background layer, no matter if Clone Tool is set to Current, Current & Below, or All Layers.

And I agree with you, it's occurring on all machines, all installs here too but it doesn't happen 100% of the time. I'd guess it happens about 75% of the time with vector masks. And I also agree that it's specific to the CC releases...sigh.
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I apparently can’t reproduce that (Photoshop 2017.0.1, Mac OS 10.12.2). 
Could you please post a screenshot with the pertinent Panels visible instead off trying to verbally describe the Layer structure? 
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I am also not able to reproduce on macOS 10.11.6 running 2017.0.1. My file is here: Let me know if my set-up is wrong or if there are additional steps to reproduce.
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Thanks for helping out. I am also not able to reproduce it with your file. I have created a test file based on a file I work with. You can download it through this link: 

It contains a screen capture of what it does on a mac pro.
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Have you guys been able to test it out with the testfile I made?