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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Fix %x parsing in vsscanf()
On Tue, Sep 23, 2003 at 02:22:07PM -0700, Deepak Saxena wrote:
>
> The existing code in kernel/vsprintf.c:vsscanf() does not properly
> handle the case where the format is specfied as %x or %X and the
> string contains the number in the format "0xinteger". Instead of
> reading "0xinteger", the code currently only sees the '0' and treats
> the 'x' as a delimiter. Following patch (against 2.4 and 2.6) fixes
> this. Another option is to put the check in simple_strtoul() and
> simple_strtoull() if that is preferred. I like this better b/c
> we only have the check once.

We should put that into strtoul(). Rationale:

<quote>
If the value of base is 16, the characters 0x or 0X may optionally precede
the sequence of letters and digits, following the sign if present.
</quote>

That's from C99 7.20.1.4 (definition of strtoul and friends) and it does
match the normal userland behaviour of strtoul(3) on all platforms I'd
seen...
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