[PATCH 1/1] arch:hexagon/powerpc: use KSYM_NAME_LEN in array size

Kees Cook keescook at chromium.org
Wed May 31 09:14:01 AEST 2023

On Mon, May 29, 2023 at 04:50:45PM +0200, Miguel Ojeda wrote:
> Kees: what is the current stance on `[static N]` parameters? Something like:
>     const char *kallsyms_lookup(unsigned long addr,
>                                 unsigned long *symbolsize,
>                                 unsigned long *offset,
>     -                           char **modname, char *namebuf);
>     +                           char **modname, char namebuf[static KSYM_NAME_LEN]);
> makes the compiler complain about cases like these (even if trivial):
>     arch/powerpc/xmon/xmon.c:1711:10: error: array argument is too small;
>         contains 128 elements, callee requires at least 512
> [-Werror,-Warray-bounds]
>             name = kallsyms_lookup(pc, &size, &offset, NULL, tmpstr);
>                  ^                                           ~~~~~~
>     ./include/linux/kallsyms.h:86:29: note: callee declares array
> parameter as static here
>             char **modname, char namebuf[static KSYM_NAME_LEN]);
>                                  ^      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Wouldn't that be a good thing? (I.e. complain about the size mismatch?)

> But I only see 2 files in the kernel using `[static N]` (from 2020 and
> 2021). Should something else be used instead (e.g. `__counted_by`),
> even if constexpr-sized?.

Yeah, it seems pretty uncommon. I'd say traditionally arrays aren't
based too often, rather structs containing them.

But ultimately, yeah, everything could gain __counted_by and friends in
the future.

Kees Cook

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