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Date:   Fri, 16 Jul 2021 12:26:26 +0200
From:   Norbert Manthey <>
To:     Kees Cook <>
CC:     Kroah-Hartman <>,
        LKML <>,
        "Woodhouse, David" <>,
        "" <>,
        Gustavo Pimentel <>,
        "Gustavo A. R. Silva" <>,
        Thomas Gleixner <>,
        Colin Ian King <>,
        Dave Jones <>,
Subject: Re: Coverity Scan model file, license, public access

On 7/15/21 8:25 PM, Kees Cook wrote:
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> On Thu, Jul 15, 2021 at 03:12:04PM +0200, Norbert Manthey wrote:
>> On 7/6/21 6:54 PM, Kroah-Hartman wrote:
>>> On Tue, Jul 06, 2021 at 09:45:47AM +0200, Norbert Manthey wrote:
>>>> Dear all,
>>>> I would like to work with code analysis on the Linux kernel. The
>>>> currently used Coverity setup already uses a model file [1] to improve
>>>> the precision of the analysis. To the best of my knowledge, this model
>>>> file is currently not publicly accessible. I did not find a license
>>>> attached to  [1], nor any information about licensing.
>>> I have no idea who wrote that thing, sorry.
>> Is there anybody else who knows more about the history of the used
>> Coverity model? Thanks.
> As far as I know, the model was written originally by Dave Jones, with
> further changes from myself and, I think, Colin Ian King.
> I thought it was visible through the Coverity dashboard, once you're
> logged in:
> (See 'Modeling file loaded [View]')
> Regardless, I keep a copy in git since I'd been tweaking it (mostly to
> no meaningful benefit: the model file doesn't work with macros, which is
> where the bulk of the false positives in Coverity come from):

Thanks! This repo comes with a license, so I can start from there.


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