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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] string: Add stracpy and stracpy_pad mechanisms
On Tue, Jul 23, 2019 at 03:41:27PM +0000, David Laight wrote:
> From: Rasmus Villemoes
> > Sent: 23 July 2019 07:56
> ...
> > > +/**
> > > + * stracpy - Copy a C-string into an array of char
> > > + * @to: Where to copy the string, must be an array of char and not a pointer
> > > + * @from: String to copy, may be a pointer or const char array
> > > + *
> > > + * Helper for strscpy.
> > > + * Copies a maximum of sizeof(@to) bytes of @from with %NUL termination.
> > > + *
> > > + * Returns:
> > > + * * The number of characters copied (not including the trailing %NUL)
> > > + * * -E2BIG if @to is a zero size array.
> >
> > Well, yes, but more importantly and generally: -E2BIG if the copy
> > including %NUL didn't fit. [The zero size array thing could be made into
> > a build bug for these stra* variants if one thinks that might actually
> > occur in real code.]
>
> Probably better is to return the size of the destination if the copy didn't fit
> (zero if the buffer is zero length).
> This allows code to do repeated:
> offset += str*cpy(buf + offset, src, sizeof buf - offset);
> and do a final check for overflow after all the copies.
>
> The same is true for a snprintf()like function

Please no; I understand the utility of the "max on error" condition for
chaining, but chaining is less common than standard operations. And it
requires that the size of the destination be known in multiple places,
which isn't robust either.

The very point of stracpy() is to not need to know the size of the
destination (i.e. it's handled by the compiler). (And it can't be
chained since it requires the base address of the array, not a char *.)

--
Kees Cook

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