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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Repalce strncmp by memcmp
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2010-11-28 (Sun) 20:13 -0800, Dmitry Torokhov wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 06:11:21AM +0300, Pavel Vasilyev wrote:
> > On 29.11.2010 05:29, Ming Lei wrote:
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > 2010/11/29 Pavel Vasilyev <pavel@pavlinux.ru>:
> > >> This patch replace all strncmp(a, b, c) by memcmp(a, b, c).
> > >>
> > >> I test on x86_64 (AMD Opteron 285).
> > > In fact, memcmp doesn't handle case of tail of string, so
> > > it is not safe to replace strncmp with memcmp
> > >
> > #include <stdio.h>
> > #include <errno.h>
> >
> > int main() {
> >
> > char *STR = "XXXX\0";
> > char *XXX = "XXXX";
>
> Try comparing:
>
> "XXXX\0YYYY" and
> "XXXX\0ZZZZ"
>
> and observe the difference.
>

Yes, if both of the strings are NOT known to have enough length.

It is safe to replace strncmp(a,b,n) with memcmp(a,b,n)
if a or b is/are known to have enough length; strlen(a) >= n ||
strlen(b) >= n.

I think some of the replacements in the original patch are valid,
but for even those valid replacement, I think it is worth doing
that in hot code paths only.

--yoshfuji



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