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Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2023 21:55:40 +0100
From: Edward Cree <>
To: Justin Stitt <>,
 Martin Habets <>,
 "David S. Miller" <>, Eric Dumazet <>,
 Jakub Kicinski <>, Paolo Abeni <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] sfc: replace deprecated strncpy with strscpy

On 12/10/2023 21:38, Justin Stitt wrote:
> strncpy() is deprecated for use on NUL-terminated destination strings
> [1] and as such we should prefer more robust and less ambiguous string
> interfaces.
> `desc` is expected to be NUL-terminated as evident by the manual
> NUL-byte assignment. Moreover, NUL-padding does not seem to be
> necessary.
> The only caller of efx_mcdi_nvram_metadata() is
> efx_devlink_info_nvram_partition() which provides a NULL for `desc`:
> |       rc = efx_mcdi_nvram_metadata(efx, partition_type, NULL, version, NULL, 0);
> Due to this, I am not sure this code is even reached but we should still
> favor something other than strncpy.
> 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.
> Link: [1]
> Link: [2]
> Link:
> Cc:
> Signed-off-by: Justin Stitt <>

Acked-by: Edward Cree <>
but ideally we should just rip out the dead code instead.  If this
 patch gets taken as-is into net-next then I can probably do that
 in a follow-up.


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