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Date:   Thu, 3 Feb 2022 13:04:12 -0800
From:   Kees Cook <>
To:     Nick Desaulniers <>
Cc:     Miguel Ojeda <>,
        Nathan Chancellor <>,,
        George Burgess IV <>,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH v6 2/4] Compiler Attributes: Add __overloadable for Clang

On Thu, Feb 03, 2022 at 12:26:15PM -0800, Nick Desaulniers wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 3, 2022 at 9:33 AM Kees Cook <> wrote:
> >
> > In order for FORTIFY_SOURCE to use __pass_object_size on an "inline
> > extern" function, as all the fortified string functions are, the functions
> s/inline extern/extern inline/

I will update that. :)

> Yes, they're the same thing, but it sounds backwards when I read it.
> > must be marked as being overloadable (i.e. different prototypes).
> > This allows the __pass_object_size versions to take precedence.
> Is this because of the `const` additions to the function signatures?

That might be an issue, but the *real* issue is the implicit mutation of
the function into an inline with _additional_ arguments. i.e.

char *strcpy(char * POS p, const char * POS q)

is really

char *strcpy(char * const p, const char * const q, size_t __size_of_p, size_t __size_of_q)

(i.e. what I was doing with macros, but all internally and still an
extern inline)

Kees Cook

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