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Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2023 23:28:32 +0000
From: Justin Stitt <>
To: "Rafael J. Wysocki" <>
Cc:,,, Justin Stitt <>
Subject: [PATCH] PNP: replace deprecated strncpy with memcpy

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

After having precisely calculated the lengths and ensuring we don't
overflow the buffer, this really decays to just a memcpy. Let's not use
a C string api as it makes the intention of the code confusing.

It'd be nice to use strscpy() in this case (as we clearly want
NUL-termination) because it'd clean up the code a bit. However, I don't
quite know enough about what is going on here to justify a drop-in
replacement -- too much bit magic and why (PNP_NAME_LEN - 2)? I'm afraid
using strscpy() may result in copying too many or too few bytes into our
dev->name buffer resulting in different behavior. At least using
memcpy() we can ensure the behavior is exactly the same.

Side note:
NUL-padding is not required because insert_device() calls
pnpbios_parse_data_stream() with a zero-allocated `dev`:
299 |  static int __init insert_device(struct pnp_bios_node *node) {
312 |  dev = pnp_alloc_dev(&pnpbios_protocol, node->handle, id);
316 |  pnpbios_parse_data_stream(dev, node);

then pnpbios_parse_data_stream() calls pnpbios_parse_compatible_ids().

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

Found with: $ rg "strncpy\("
 drivers/pnp/pnpbios/rsparser.c | 4 ++--
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/pnp/pnpbios/rsparser.c b/drivers/pnp/pnpbios/rsparser.c
index 2f31b212b1a5..70af7821d3fa 100644
--- a/drivers/pnp/pnpbios/rsparser.c
+++ b/drivers/pnp/pnpbios/rsparser.c
@@ -454,8 +454,8 @@ static unsigned char *pnpbios_parse_compatible_ids(unsigned char *p,
 		switch (tag) {
-			strncpy(dev->name, p + 3,
-				len >= PNP_NAME_LEN ? PNP_NAME_LEN - 2 : len);
+			memcpy(dev->name, p + 3,
+			       len >= PNP_NAME_LEN ? PNP_NAME_LEN - 2 : len);
 			dev->name[len >=
 				  PNP_NAME_LEN ? PNP_NAME_LEN - 1 : len] = '\0';

base-commit: dab3e01664eaddae965699f1fec776609db0ea9d
change-id: 20231019-strncpy-drivers-pnp-pnpbios-rsparser-c-5d7343441cac

Best regards,
Justin Stitt <>

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