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* [PATCH] IB/mlx4: Replace zero-length array with flexible-array
@ 2020-05-07 18:59 Gustavo A. R. Silva
  2020-05-10  3:51 ` Jakub Kicinski
  2020-05-13 18:33 ` Jason Gunthorpe
  0 siblings, 2 replies; 6+ messages in thread
From: Gustavo A. R. Silva @ 2020-05-07 18:59 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: Tariq Toukan; +Cc: netdev, linux-rdma, linux-kernel

The current codebase makes use of the zero-length array language
extension to the C90 standard, but the preferred mechanism to declare
variable-length types such as these ones is a flexible array member[1][2],
introduced in C99:

struct foo {
        int stuff;
        struct boo array[];

By making use of the mechanism above, we will get a compiler warning
in case the flexible array does not occur last in the structure, which
will help us prevent some kind of undefined behavior bugs from being
inadvertently introduced[3] to the codebase from now on.

Also, notice that, dynamic memory allocations won't be affected by
this change:

"Flexible array members have incomplete type, and so the sizeof operator
may not be applied. As a quirk of the original implementation of
zero-length arrays, sizeof evaluates to zero."[1]

sizeof(flexible-array-member) triggers a warning because flexible array
members have incomplete type[1]. There are some instances of code in
which the sizeof operator is being incorrectly/erroneously applied to
zero-length arrays and the result is zero. Such instances may be hiding
some bugs. So, this work (flexible-array member conversions) will also
help to get completely rid of those sorts of issues.

This issue was found with the help of Coccinelle.

[3] commit 76497732932f ("cxgb3/l2t: Fix undefined behaviour")

Signed-off-by: Gustavo A. R. Silva <>
 include/linux/mlx4/qp.h |    2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/include/linux/mlx4/qp.h b/include/linux/mlx4/qp.h
index 8e2828d48d7f..9db93e487496 100644
--- a/include/linux/mlx4/qp.h
+++ b/include/linux/mlx4/qp.h
@@ -362,7 +362,7 @@ struct mlx4_wqe_datagram_seg {
 struct mlx4_wqe_lso_seg {
 	__be32			mss_hdr_size;
-	__be32			header[0];
+	__be32			header[];
 enum mlx4_wqe_bind_seg_flags2 {

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2020-05-10  3:51 ` Jakub Kicinski
2020-05-13 18:43   ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-05-13 18:49     ` Jakub Kicinski
2020-05-13 18:33 ` Jason Gunthorpe
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