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SubjectRe: Misuses of ** ? (was Re: [PATCH 1/1] ASoC: Intel: Atom: add a missing star in a memcpy call)


On Sun, 28 Aug 2016, Nicolas Iooss wrote:

> On 28/08/16 19:50, Joe Perches wrote:
> > On Sun, 2016-08-28 at 19:39 +0200, Nicolas Iooss wrote:
> >> In sst_prepare_and_post_msg(), when a response is received in "block",
> >> the following code gets executed:
> >>
> >> *data = kzalloc(block->size, GFP_KERNEL);
> >> memcpy(data, (void *) block->data, block->size);
> >
> > Yuck, thanks.
> >
> > Julia, Dan, could cocci or smatch help find any other
> > similar misuses here?
>
> In fact I have found this bug with a GCC plugin I have written after I
> discovered an issue with a printf format string in brcmfmac driver
> (https://lkml.org/lkml/2016/8/23/193 fixes this one). This GCC plugin
> uses an approach which has many false positives but it helped me detect
> real bugs such as the one you replied to, and
> https://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/commit/?id=ae6c33ba6e37eea3012fe2640b22400ef3f2d0f3
> a few days ago.
>
> In case you are curious about what the plugin looks like (it is very
> dirty but might be useful for future work I won't have time to do), I
> published it on
> https://gist.github.com/anonymous/36dd40dcbeeb83964e66b65be7a96136 .
> This huge patch contains the plugin code in
> scripts/gcc-plugins/deref_checker_plugin.c, many dirty work-arounds to
> filter false positive matches, a really-dirty way of handling memcpy
> optimisations done by gcc, and fixes to possible bugs (which can be
> found by searching "/* BUG? */", I have not yet had time to find out
> whether they are real bugs or false positives too).
>
> I hope this will help in the work of eliminating bugs in the kernel :)

I tried the following semantic patch, that is quite general, and the fixed
issue was the only report.

@@
expression x,y,sz;
identifier f,g;
@@

* *x = f(sz,...);
...
* g(x,y,sz);

julia

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