On 03/13/2018 07:21 AM, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
gcc-8 warns about a code pattern that is used in the newly added
test_rhashtable code:

lib/test_rhashtable.c: In function 'print_ht':
lib/test_rhashtable.c:511:21: error: '
bucket[' directive writing 8 bytes into a region of size between 1 and 512 
    sprintf(buff, "%s\nbucket[%d] -> ", buff, i);
lib/test_rhashtable.c:511:4: note: 'sprintf' output between 15 and 536 bytes 
into a destination of size 512
    sprintf(buff, "%s\nbucket[%d] -> ", buff, i);

The problem here is using the same fixed-length buffer as input and output
of snprintf(), which for an unbounded loop has an actual potential to
overflow the buffer. The '512' byte length was apparently chosen to
be "long enough" to prevent that in practice, but without any specific
guarantees of being the smallest safe size.

I can see three possible ways to avoid this warning:

- rewrite the code to use pointer arithmetic to forward the buffer,
  rather than copying the buffer itself. This is a more conventional
  use of sprintf(), and it avoids the warning, but is not any more
  safe than the original code.
- Rewrite the function in a safe way that avoids both the potential
  overflow and the warning.
- Ask the gcc developers to not warn for this pattern if we consider
  the warning to be inappropriate.

A couple of other approaches that may be worth considering are
to either a) use a precision in the %s directive to constrain
the number of characters to copy (e.g., %.490s") or b) call
snprintf() instead and use the returned value to handle
the possible truncation.

For GCC 9 we'd like to integrate the warning with the strlen pass
that tracks string lengths.  That should add another mechanism for
suppressing the warning: add an assertion before the sprintf call
bounding the string length.


This patch implements the first of the above, as an illustration of
the problem, and the simplest workaround.

Fixes: 499ac3b60f65 ("test_rhashtable: add test case for rhltable with duplicate 
Cc: Martin Sebor <mse...@gcc.gnu.org>
Signed-off-by: Arnd Bergmann <a...@arndb.de>
My patch is untested, please try it out before applying.
 lib/test_rhashtable.c | 9 +++++----
 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/lib/test_rhashtable.c b/lib/test_rhashtable.c
index f4000c137dbe..a0f4fb03d2de 100644
--- a/lib/test_rhashtable.c
+++ b/lib/test_rhashtable.c
@@ -496,6 +496,7 @@ static unsigned int __init print_ht(struct rhltable *rhlt)
        struct rhashtable *ht;
        const struct bucket_table *tbl;
        char buff[512] = "";
+       char *buffp = buff;
        unsigned int i, cnt = 0;

        ht = &rhlt->ht;
@@ -508,18 +509,18 @@ static unsigned int __init print_ht(struct rhltable *rhlt)
                next = !rht_is_a_nulls(pos) ? rht_dereference(pos->next, ht) : 

                if (!rht_is_a_nulls(pos)) {
-                       sprintf(buff, "%s\nbucket[%d] -> ", buff, i);
+                       buffp += sprintf(buffp, "\nbucket[%d] -> ", i);

                while (!rht_is_a_nulls(pos)) {
                        struct rhlist_head *list = container_of(pos, struct 
rhlist_head, rhead);
-                       sprintf(buff, "%s[[", buff);
+                       buffp += sprintf(buffp, "[[");
                        do {
                                pos = &list->rhead;
                                list = rht_dereference(list->next, ht);
                                p = rht_obj(ht, pos);

-                               sprintf(buff, "%s val %d (tid=%d)%s", buff, 
p->value.id, p->value.tid,
+                               buffp += sprintf(buffp, "val %d (tid=%d)%s", 
p->value.id, p->value.tid,
                                        list? ", " : " ");
                        } while (list);
@@ -528,7 +529,7 @@ static unsigned int __init print_ht(struct rhltable *rhlt)
                        next = !rht_is_a_nulls(pos) ?
                                rht_dereference(pos->next, ht) : NULL;

-                       sprintf(buff, "%s]]%s", buff, !rht_is_a_nulls(pos) ? " -> " : 
+                       buffp += sprintf(buffp, "]]%s", !rht_is_a_nulls(pos) ? " -> " : 
        printk(KERN_ERR "\n---- ht: ----%s\n-------------\n", buff);

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