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From: Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org>
To: linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
Cc: Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org>,
	Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>,
	Miguel Ojeda <miguel.ojeda.sandonis@gmail.com>,
	Alexander Potapenko <glider@google.com>,
	Joe Perches <joe@perches.com>, Andy Whitcroft <apw@canonical.com>,
	x86@kernel.org, drbd-dev@lists.linbit.com,
	linux-block@vger.kernel.org, b43-dev@lists.infradead.org,
	netdev@vger.kernel.org, linux-doc@vger.kernel.org,
	linux-wireless@vger.kernel.org, linux-ide@vger.kernel.org,
	linux-clk@vger.kernel.org, linux-spi@vger.kernel.org,
	linux-mm@kvack.org, clang-built-linux@googlegroups.com
Subject: [PATCH v2 01/16] docs: deprecated.rst: Add uninitialized_var()
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2020 20:29:52 -0700
Message-ID: <20200620033007.1444705-2-keescook@chromium.org> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20200620033007.1444705-1-keescook@chromium.org>

Nothing should be using this macro, and the entire idea of tricking the
compiler into silencing such warnings is a mistake.

Signed-off-by: Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org>
---
 Documentation/process/deprecated.rst | 18 ++++++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 18 insertions(+)

diff --git a/Documentation/process/deprecated.rst b/Documentation/process/deprecated.rst
index 652e2aa02a66..943a926ecbbb 100644
--- a/Documentation/process/deprecated.rst
+++ b/Documentation/process/deprecated.rst
@@ -51,6 +51,24 @@ to make sure their systems do not continue running in the face of
 "unreachable" conditions. (For example, see commits like `this one
 <https://git.kernel.org/linus/d4689846881d160a4d12a514e991a740bcb5d65a>`_.)
 
+uninitialized_var()
+-------------------
+For any compiler warnings about uninitialized variables, just add
+an initializer. Using the uninitialized_var() macro (or similar
+warning-silencing tricks) is dangerous as it papers over `real bugs
+<https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/20200603174714.192027-1-glider@google.com/>`_
+(or can in the future), and suppresses unrelated compiler warnings
+(e.g. "unused variable"). If the compiler thinks it is uninitialized,
+either simply initialize the variable or make compiler changes. Keep in
+mind that in most cases, if an initialization is obviously redundant,
+the compiler's dead-store elimination pass will make sure there are no
+needless variable writes.
+
+As Linus has said, this macro
+`must <https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/CA+55aFw+Vbj0i=1TGqCR5vQkCzWJ0QxK6CernOU6eedsudAixw@mail.gmail.com/>`_
+`be <https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/CA+55aFwgbgqhbp1fkxvRKEpzyR5J8n1vKT1VZdz9knmPuXhOeg@mail.gmail.com/>`_
+`removed <https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/CA+55aFz2500WfbKXAx8s67wrm9=yVJu65TpLgN_ybYNv0VEOKA@mail.gmail.com/>`_.
+
 open-coded arithmetic in allocator arguments
 --------------------------------------------
 Dynamic size calculations (especially multiplication) should not be
-- 
2.25.1


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Thread overview: 35+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-06-20  3:29 [PATCH v2 00/16] Remove uninitialized_var() macro Kees Cook
2020-06-20  3:29 ` Kees Cook [this message]
2020-06-22 16:59   ` [PATCH v2 01/16] docs: deprecated.rst: Add uninitialized_var() Nick Desaulniers
2020-06-20  3:29 ` [PATCH v2 02/16] x86/mm/numa: Remove uninitialized_var() usage Kees Cook
2020-06-20  3:29 ` [PATCH v2 03/16] drbd: " Kees Cook
2020-06-20  3:29 ` [PATCH v2 04/16] b43: " Kees Cook
2020-06-22 17:04   ` Nick Desaulniers
2020-06-22 21:04     ` Kees Cook
2020-06-23 18:29       ` Nick Desaulniers
2020-07-15 10:37   ` Kalle Valo
2020-06-20  3:29 ` [PATCH v2 05/16] rtlwifi: rtl8192cu: " Kees Cook
2020-06-20  3:29 ` [PATCH v2 06/16] ide: " Kees Cook
2020-06-20  3:29 ` [PATCH v2 07/16] clk: st: " Kees Cook
2020-06-22  9:03   ` Stephen Boyd
2020-06-20  3:29 ` [PATCH v2 08/16] spi: davinci: " Kees Cook
2020-07-01 20:39   ` Mark Brown
2020-07-02 15:21     ` Kees Cook
2020-07-02 15:23       ` Mark Brown
2020-07-02 15:42         ` Kees Cook
2020-07-02 16:23           ` Joe Perches
2020-06-20  3:30 ` [PATCH v2 09/16] clk: spear: " Kees Cook
2020-06-22  9:03   ` Stephen Boyd
2020-06-20  3:30 ` [PATCH v2 10/16] KVM: PPC: Book3S PR: " Kees Cook
2020-06-22 17:22   ` Nick Desaulniers
2020-06-20  3:30 ` [PATCH v2 11/16] media: sur40: " Kees Cook
2020-06-22 18:39   ` Nick Desaulniers
2020-06-20  3:30 ` [PATCH v2 12/16] f2fs: Eliminate usage of uninitialized_var() macro Kees Cook
2020-06-20  3:30 ` [PATCH v2 14/16] checkpatch: Remove awareness " Kees Cook
2020-06-20  3:30 ` [PATCH v2 15/16] treewide: Remove uninitialized_var() usage Kees Cook
2020-06-20  3:30 ` [PATCH v2 16/16] compiler: Remove uninitialized_var() macro Kees Cook
2020-06-20  3:30 ` [PATCH v2 13/16] mm/debug_vm_pgtable: Remove uninitialized_var() usage Kees Cook
2020-06-22 17:27   ` Nick Desaulniers
2020-06-20  7:03 ` [PATCH v2 00/16] Remove uninitialized_var() macro Sedat Dilek
2020-06-20 15:57   ` Kees Cook
2020-06-22  9:07     ` Sedat Dilek

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