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Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2023 15:36:00 -0700
From: Kees Cook <>
To: Kent Overstreet <>
Cc: Brian Foster <>,,
	kernel test robot <>,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] bcachefs: Refactor bkey_i to use a flexible array

On Wed, Oct 18, 2023 at 06:04:07PM -0400, Kent Overstreet wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 13, 2023 at 04:44:21PM -0700, Kees Cook wrote:
> > On Fri, Oct 13, 2023 at 07:26:11AM -0400, Brian Foster wrote:
> > > Hi Kees,
> > > 
> > > I'm curious if this is something that could be buried in bch_val given
> > > it's already kind of a fake structure..? If not, my only nitty comment
> > 
> > I was thinking it would be best to keep the flexible array has "high" in
> > the struct as possible, as in the future more refactoring will be needed
> > to avoid having flex arrays overlap with other members in composite
> > structures. So instead of pushing into bch_val, I left it at the highest
> > level possible, bch_i, as that's the struct being used by the memcpy().
> I agree with Brian here - I'd like this buried in bch_val, if possible.
> I also went with unsafe_memcpy() for now - that's now in my for-next
> tree. I'm not seeing any advantage of DECLARE_FLEX_ARRAY over that -
> perhaps later if we could use __counted_by that would make more sense.

This won't help here because of the combination of -fstrict-flex-arrays=3
and -Wstringop-overflow (the latter is in W=1 builds). The builtin memcpy
still complains about the 0-sized destination. I'll send a v3 with this
in bch_val.

Kees Cook

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