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SubjectRe: [PATCH] [v2] staging: rtl8723bs: avoid bogus gcc warning
On Thu, Apr 22, 2021 at 05:26:19PM +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> From: Arnd Bergmann <>
> gcc gets confused by some of the type casts and produces an
> apparently senseless warning about an out-of-bound memcpy to
> an unrelated array in the same structure:
> drivers/staging/rtl8723bs/os_dep/ioctl_cfg80211.c: In function 'rtw_cfg80211_ap_set_encryption':
> cc1: error: writing 8 bytes into a region of size 0 [-Werror=stringop-overflow=]
> In file included from drivers/staging/rtl8723bs/include/drv_types.h:32,
> from drivers/staging/rtl8723bs/os_dep/ioctl_cfg80211.c:10:
> drivers/staging/rtl8723bs/include/rtw_security.h:98:15: note: at offset [184, 4264] into destination object 'dot11AuthAlgrthm' of size 4
> 98 | u32 dot11AuthAlgrthm; /* 802.11 auth, could be open, shared, 8021x and authswitch */
> | ^~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> cc1: error: writing 8 bytes into a region of size 0 [-Werror=stringop-overflow=]
> drivers/staging/rtl8723bs/include/rtw_security.h:98:15: note: at offset [264, 4344] into destination object 'dot11AuthAlgrthm' of size 4
> This is a known gcc bug, and the patch here is only a workaround,
> but the approach of using a temporary variable to hold a pointer
> to the key also improves readability in addition to avoiding the
> warning, so overall this should still help.

What version of gcc causes this? Should this go into 5.13-final and be
backported? Or is this only showing up on "unreleased" versions of gcc
and it is safe to wait until 5.14?


greg k-h

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