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Date:   Thu, 18 Aug 2022 09:21:54 -0500
From:   "Gustavo A. R. Silva" <>
To:     Jason Gunthorpe <>,
        "Gustavo A. R. Silva" <>
Cc:     Linus Torvalds <>,
        Kees Cook <>,,
Subject: Re: [GIT PULL] flexible-array transformations in UAPI for 6.0-rc1


On 8/18/22 07:28, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 01, 2022 at 03:31:28PM -0500, Gustavo A. R. Silva wrote:
>> The following changes since commit b13baccc3850ca8b8cccbf8ed9912dbaa0fdf7f3:
>>    Linux 5.19-rc2 (2022-06-12 16:11:37 -0700)
>> are available in the Git repository at:
>>    git:// tags/flexible-array-transformations-UAPI-6.0-rc1
>> for you to fetch changes up to 94dfc73e7cf4a31da66b8843f0b9283ddd6b8381:
>>    treewide: uapi: Replace zero-length arrays with flexible-array members (2022-06-28 21:26:05 +0200)
>> ----------------------------------------------------------------
>> flexible-array transformations in UAPI for 6.0-rc1
>> Hi Linus,
>> Please, pull the following treewide patch that replaces zero-length arrays
>> with flexible-array members in UAPI. This patch has been baking in
>> linux-next for 5 weeks now.
>> -fstrict-flex-arrays=3 is coming and we need to land these changes
>> to prevent issues like these in the short future:
>> ../fs/minix/dir.c:337:3: warning: 'strcpy' will always overflow; destination buffer has size 0,
>> but the source string has length 2 (including NUL byte) [-Wfortify-source]
>> 		strcpy(de3->name, ".");
>> 		^
>> Since these are all [0] to [] changes, the risk to UAPI is nearly zero. If
>> this breaks anything, we can use a union with a new member name.
> This has trobuled the RDMA userspace by creating new compiler warnings..
> We discussed this and I thought you agreed not to send these changes?

Yep; and as I said in that thread, I went and removed all the changes that
were causing trouble, based on this report by 0-day:

For instance, 0-day reported this warning:

 >> usr/include/rdma/ib_user_verbs.h:1091:2: warning: field '' with variable sized type 'union ib_uverbs_flow_spec_gre::(anonymous at 
usr/include/rdma/ib_user_verbs.h:1091:2)' not at the end of a struct or class is a GNU extension [-Wgnu-variable-sized-type-not-at-end]
            union {

then I went to look for the union ib_uverbs_flow_spec_gre and reverted the
change that was causing trouble in struct ib_uverbs_flow_spec_hdr:

gus@...k:~/gustavoars-linux$ git grep -nwW 'ib_uverbs_flow_spec_gre\s{'

include/uapi/rdma/ib_user_verbs.h:1090:struct ib_uverbs_flow_spec_gre {

include/uapi/rdma/ib_user_verbs.h-1091- union {

include/uapi/rdma/ib_user_verbs.h-1092-         struct ib_uverbs_flow_spec_hdr hdr;

include/uapi/rdma/ib_user_verbs.h-1093-         struct {

include/uapi/rdma/ib_user_verbs.h-1094-                 __u32 type;

include/uapi/rdma/ib_user_verbs.h-1095-                 __u16 size;

include/uapi/rdma/ib_user_verbs.h-1096-                 __u16 reserved;

include/uapi/rdma/ib_user_verbs.h-1097-         };

include/uapi/rdma/ib_user_verbs.h-1098- };

include/uapi/rdma/ib_user_verbs.h-1099- struct ib_uverbs_flow_gre_filter     val;

include/uapi/rdma/ib_user_verbs.h-1100- struct ib_uverbs_flow_gre_filter     mask;


gus@...k:~/gustavoars-linux$ git grep -nwW 'struct\sib_uverbs_flow_spec_hdr\s{'

include/uapi/rdma/ib_user_verbs.h:900:struct ib_uverbs_flow_spec_hdr {

include/uapi/rdma/ib_user_verbs.h-901-  __u32 type;

include/uapi/rdma/ib_user_verbs.h-902-  __u16 size;

include/uapi/rdma/ib_user_verbs.h-903-  __u16 reserved;

include/uapi/rdma/ib_user_verbs.h-904-  /* followed by flow_spec */

include/uapi/rdma/ib_user_verbs.h-905-  __aligned_u64 flow_spec_data[0];


and the issue that you reported in:

was fixed at the time:

$ git grep -nwW 'struct\sib_uverbs_create_cq_resp\s{'

include/uapi/rdma/ib_user_verbs.h:429:struct ib_uverbs_create_cq_resp {

include/uapi/rdma/ib_user_verbs.h-430-  __u32 cq_handle;

include/uapi/rdma/ib_user_verbs.h-431-  __u32 cqe;

include/uapi/rdma/ib_user_verbs.h-432-  __aligned_u64 driver_data[0];


However, it would be helpful to know all the details about the warnings
that you are seeing now, so I can take a look. :)


> Jason

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