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Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2023 21:48:39 +0000
From: Justin Stitt <>
To: Louis Peens <>, Jakub Kicinski <>, 
	"David S. Miller" <>, Eric Dumazet <>, 
	Paolo Abeni <>
	Justin Stitt <>
Subject: [PATCH] nfp: replace deprecated strncpy with strscpy

strncpy() is deprecated for use on NUL-terminated destination strings
[1] and as such we should prefer more robust and less ambiguous string

We expect res->name to be NUL-terminated based on its usage with format
|       dev_err(cpp->dev.parent, "Dangling area: %d:%d:%d:0x%0llx-0x%0llx%s%s\n",
|               NFP_CPP_ID_TARGET_of(res->cpp_id),
|               NFP_CPP_ID_ACTION_of(res->cpp_id),
|               NFP_CPP_ID_TOKEN_of(res->cpp_id),
|               res->start, res->end,
|               res->name ? " " : "",
|               res->name ? res->name : "");
... and with strcmp()
|       if (!strcmp(res->name, NFP_RESOURCE_TBL_NAME)) {

Moreover, NUL-padding is not required as `res` is already
|       res = kzalloc(sizeof(*res), GFP_KERNEL);

Considering the above, a suitable replacement is `strscpy` [2] due to
the fact that it guarantees NUL-termination on the destination buffer
without unnecessarily NUL-padding.

Let's also opt to use the more idiomatic strscpy() usage of (dest, src,
sizeof(dest)) rather than (dest, src, SOME_LEN).

Typically the pattern of 1) allocate memory for string, 2) copy string
into freshly-allocated memory is a candidate for kmemdup_nul() but in
this case we are allocating the entirety of the `res` struct and that
should stay as is. As mentioned above, simple 1:1 replacement of strncpy
-> strscpy :)

Link: [1]
Link: [2]
Signed-off-by: Justin Stitt <>
Note: build-tested only.

Found with: $ rg "strncpy\("
 drivers/net/ethernet/netronome/nfp/nfpcore/nfp_resource.c | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/drivers/net/ethernet/netronome/nfp/nfpcore/nfp_resource.c b/drivers/net/ethernet/netronome/nfp/nfpcore/nfp_resource.c
index ce7492a6a98f..279ea0b56955 100644
--- a/drivers/net/ethernet/netronome/nfp/nfpcore/nfp_resource.c
+++ b/drivers/net/ethernet/netronome/nfp/nfpcore/nfp_resource.c
@@ -159,7 +159,7 @@ nfp_resource_acquire(struct nfp_cpp *cpp, const char *name)
 	if (!res)
 		return ERR_PTR(-ENOMEM);
-	strncpy(res->name, name, NFP_RESOURCE_ENTRY_NAME_SZ);
+	strscpy(res->name, name, sizeof(res->name));
 	dev_mutex = nfp_cpp_mutex_alloc(cpp, NFP_RESOURCE_TBL_TARGET,

base-commit: cbf3a2cb156a2c911d8f38d8247814b4c07f49a2
change-id: 20231011-strncpy-drivers-net-ethernet-netronome-nfp-nfpcore-nfp_resource-c-1812b8357fcd

Best regards,
Justin Stitt <>

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