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Re: [PATCH] string: Add tests for zero length string inputs

On 19/09/14 18:09, Will Newton wrote:
> On 19 September 2014 04:23, OndÅej BÃlka <> wrote:
>> On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 04:40:30PM -0700, Will Newton wrote:
>>> For the string functions that take string lengths as an argument we
>>> should ensure that no data is read or written if a length of zero is
>>> specified. Pointers to PROT_NONE memory are used to ensure that any
>>> reads or writes will cause a fault.
>> You do not need these. C standard requires arguments to be valid
>> pointers for most string functions, and they are already marked nonnull
>> in header.
>> Just adding size 0 to inputs would suffice.
> These tests are not testing null pointers, they are testing that when
> given a zero length the functions actually read/write zero bytes.
> Whether the specification demands that behaviour is arguable but I
> believe that it is the most sane behaviour.

Valid pointers is more than just non-NULL.  In particular, it implies
that is safe to dereference the addressed byte in a source operand even
when the length parameter is zero.  Thus testing that no bytes are read
would be incorrect.

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