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* [PATCH][next] nvdimm: nd.h: Replace zero-length array with flexible-array member
@ 2020-03-19 23:09 Gustavo A. R. Silva
  2020-03-19 23:47 ` Ira Weiny
  0 siblings, 1 reply; 3+ messages in thread
From: Gustavo A. R. Silva @ 2020-03-19 23:09 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: Dan Williams, Vishal Verma, Dave Jiang, Ira Weiny
  Cc: linux-nvdimm, linux-kernel, Gustavo A. R. Silva

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.

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

Signed-off-by: Gustavo A. R. Silva <>
 drivers/nvdimm/nd.h | 4 ++--
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/nvdimm/nd.h b/drivers/nvdimm/nd.h
index c4d69c1cce55..85dbb2a322b9 100644
--- a/drivers/nvdimm/nd.h
+++ b/drivers/nvdimm/nd.h
@@ -39,7 +39,7 @@ struct nd_region_data {
 	int ns_count;
 	int ns_active;
 	unsigned int hints_shift;
-	void __iomem *flush_wpq[0];
+	void __iomem *flush_wpq[];
 static inline void __iomem *ndrd_get_flush_wpq(struct nd_region_data *ndrd,
@@ -157,7 +157,7 @@ struct nd_region {
 	struct nd_interleave_set *nd_set;
 	struct nd_percpu_lane __percpu *lane;
 	int (*flush)(struct nd_region *nd_region, struct bio *bio);
-	struct nd_mapping mapping[0];
+	struct nd_mapping mapping[];
 struct nd_blk_region {
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