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Subject[PATCH] dm table: don't copy from a null pointer in realloc_argv
For the first call to realloc_argv() in dm_split_args(), old_argv is
NULL and size is zero. Then memcpy is called, with the NULL old_argv
as the source argument and a zero size argument. AFAIK, this is
undefined behavior and generates the following warning when compiled
with UBSAN on ppc64le:

In file included from ./arch/powerpc/include/asm/paca.h:19,
from ./arch/powerpc/include/asm/current.h:16,
from ./include/linux/sched.h:12,
from ./include/linux/kthread.h:6,
from drivers/md/dm-core.h:12,
from drivers/md/dm-table.c:8:
In function 'memcpy',
inlined from 'realloc_argv' at drivers/md/dm-table.c:565:3,
inlined from 'dm_split_args' at drivers/md/dm-table.c:588:9:
./include/linux/string.h:345:9: error: argument 2 null where non-null expected [-Werror=nonnull]
return __builtin_memcpy(p, q, size);
drivers/md/dm-table.c: In function 'dm_split_args':
./include/linux/string.h:345:9: note: in a call to built-in function '__builtin_memcpy'

Signed-off-by: Jerome Marchand <>
drivers/md/dm-table.c | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/drivers/md/dm-table.c b/drivers/md/dm-table.c
index 350cf0451456..ec8b27e20de3 100644
--- a/drivers/md/dm-table.c
+++ b/drivers/md/dm-table.c
@@ -561,7 +561,7 @@ static char **realloc_argv(unsigned *size, char **old_argv)
gfp = GFP_NOIO;
argv = kmalloc_array(new_size, sizeof(*argv), gfp);
- if (argv) {
+ if (argv && old_argv) {
memcpy(argv, old_argv, *size * sizeof(*argv));
*size = new_size;
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