Re: p = kmalloc(sizeof(*p), )
From: Pekka J Enberg
Date: Tue Sep 20 2005 - 05:08:05 EST
On Tue, Sep 20, 2005 at 12:47:32PM +0300, Pekka J Enberg wrote:
> > To find candidates, something like:
> > grep "kmalloc(sizeof([^*]" -r drivers/ | grep -v "sizeof(struct"
> > And then use my eyes to find real bugs.
On Tue, 20 Sep 2005, Al Viro wrote:
> "grep for kmallocs that do not have _either_ form and look for bugs among
> them" is hardly usable as an argument in favour of one of them...
I would disagree with that. The _common case_ for allocation is:
p = kmalloc(sizeof(*p), ...);
For which you know that you are allocating enough memory for the struct.
Now the only way to screw it up is to write:
p = kmalloc(sizeof(p), ...);
That is trivial to grep for.
Yes, currently, typedefs and open-coded kcalloc's give false positives but
that's what kernel janitors are for...
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