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Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2023 21:58:32 +0000
From: Justin Stitt <>
To: James Smart <>, Ram Vegesna <>, 
	"James E.J. Bottomley" <>, "Martin K. Petersen" <>
	Justin Stitt <>
Subject: [PATCH] scsi: elx: libefc: 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

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

There seems to not be any uses of `current_state_name` other than in
these assignments. Judging from context surrounding these assignments,
especially considering the string literal "invalid" being assigned, we
want both current_state_name and prev_state_name to be NUL-terminated

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

Found with: $ rg "strncpy\("
 drivers/scsi/elx/libefc/efc_node.h | 6 +++---
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/scsi/elx/libefc/efc_node.h b/drivers/scsi/elx/libefc/efc_node.h
index e9c600ac45d5..3a16703d0f97 100644
--- a/drivers/scsi/elx/libefc/efc_node.h
+++ b/drivers/scsi/elx/libefc/efc_node.h
@@ -26,12 +26,12 @@ efc_node_evt_set(struct efc_sm_ctx *ctx, enum efc_sm_event evt,
 	struct efc_node *node = ctx->app;
 	if (evt == EFC_EVT_ENTER) {
-		strncpy(node->current_state_name, handler,
+		strscpy(node->current_state_name, handler,
 	} else if (evt == EFC_EVT_EXIT) {
-		strncpy(node->prev_state_name, node->current_state_name,
+		strscpy(node->prev_state_name, node->current_state_name,
-		strncpy(node->current_state_name, "invalid",
+		strscpy(node->current_state_name, "invalid",
 	node->prev_evt = node->current_evt;

base-commit: 9c5d00cb7b6bbc5a7965d9ab7d223b5402d1f02c
change-id: 20231023-strncpy-drivers-scsi-elx-libefc-efc_node-h-cbbf753197b7

Best regards,
Justin Stitt <>

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