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SubjectRe: Invalid compilation without -fno-strict-aliasing
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Jean Tourrilhes writes:

> It looks like a compiler bug to me...
> Some users have complained that when the following
> code is compiled without the -fno-strict-aliasing,
> the order of the write and memcpy is inverted (which
> mean a bogus len is mem-copied into the stream).
> Code (from linux/include/net/iw_handler.h) :
> --------------------------------------------
> static inline char *
> iwe_stream_add_event(char * stream, /* Stream of events */
> char * ends, /* End of stream */
> struct iw_event *iwe, /* Payload */
> int event_len) /* Real size of payload */
> {
> /* Check if it's possible */
> if((stream + event_len) < ends) {
> iwe->len = event_len;
> memcpy(stream, (char *) iwe, event_len);
> stream += event_len;
> } return stream;
> }
> --------------------------------------------
> IMHO, the compiler should have enough context to
> know that the reordering is dangerous. Any suggestion
> to make this simple code more bullet proof is welcomed.
>
> Have fun...

Since (char*) is special, I agree that it's a bug.
In any case, a warning sure would be nice!

Now for the fun. Pass iwe->len into this
macro before the memcpy, and all should be well.

#define FORCE_TO_MEM(x) asm volatile(""::"r"(&(x)))

Like this:

iwe->len = event_len;
FORCE_TO_MEM(iwe->len);
memcpy(stream, (char *) iwe, event_len);


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