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From: Daniel Borkmann <daniel@iogearbox.net>
To: Andrii Nakryiko <andrii.nakryiko@gmail.com>,
	"Gustavo A. R. Silva" <gustavo@embeddedor.com>
Cc: Alexei Starovoitov <ast@kernel.org>,
	Martin KaFai Lau <kafai@fb.com>, Song Liu <songliubraving@fb.com>,
	Yonghong Song <yhs@fb.com>, Andrii Nakryiko <andriin@fb.com>,
	Networking <netdev@vger.kernel.org>, bpf <bpf@vger.kernel.org>,
	open list <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] bpf: queue_stack_maps: Replace zero-length array with flexible-array member
Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2020 15:53:14 +0100
Message-ID: <8c212e06-dc1f-3a47-ba3e-8f408ba7a972@iogearbox.net> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <CAEf4Bzae=Afp_4FGgeFy+=kk64nm1vhRso2zF3j7Qdst66RFZw@mail.gmail.com>

On 2/13/20 6:47 PM, Andrii Nakryiko wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 13, 2020 at 7:22 AM Gustavo A. R. Silva
> <gustavo@embeddedor.com> wrote:
>>
>> 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]
>>
>> This issue was found with the help of Coccinelle.
>>
>> [1] https://gcc.gnu.org/onlinedocs/gcc/Zero-Length.html
>> [2] https://github.com/KSPP/linux/issues/21
>> [3] commit 76497732932f ("cxgb3/l2t: Fix undefined behaviour")
>>
>> Signed-off-by: Gustavo A. R. Silva <gustavo@embeddedor.com>
> 
> Sure, why not, though I don't think that's the only one (e.g.,
> bpf_storage_buffer's data is zero-length as well).
> 
> Acked-by: Andrii Nakryiko <andriin@fb.com>

+1, Gustavo, there are several such instances in the whole BPF subsystem. Please combine
them all into a single patch, including https://patchwork.ozlabs.org/patch/1239563/, and
resubmit.

Thanks,
Daniel

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Thread overview: 3+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-02-13 15:24 Gustavo A. R. Silva
2020-02-13 17:47 ` Andrii Nakryiko
2020-02-18 14:53   ` Daniel Borkmann [this message]

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