dmaengine: sa11x0: Replace zero-length array with flexible-array member
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Message ID 20200214171435.GA22930@embeddedor
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  • dmaengine: sa11x0: Replace zero-length array with flexible-array member
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Gustavo A. R. Silva Feb. 14, 2020, 5:14 p.m. UTC
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>
---
 drivers/dma/sa11x0-dma.c | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

Comments

Vinod Koul Feb. 19, 2020, 12:19 p.m. UTC | #1
On 14-02-20, 11:14, Gustavo A. R. Silva 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.

Applied, thanks

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diff --git a/drivers/dma/sa11x0-dma.c b/drivers/dma/sa11x0-dma.c
index afb68055ed1b..0fa7f14a65a1 100644
--- a/drivers/dma/sa11x0-dma.c
+++ b/drivers/dma/sa11x0-dma.c
@@ -78,7 +78,7 @@  struct sa11x0_dma_desc {
 	bool			cyclic;
 
 	unsigned		sglen;
-	struct sa11x0_dma_sg	sg[0];
+	struct sa11x0_dma_sg	sg[];
 };
 
 struct sa11x0_dma_phy;