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Date:   Mon, 17 Feb 2020 13:56:39 -0600
From:   "Gustavo A. R. Silva" <gustavo@...eddedor.com>
To:     Saeed Mahameed <saeedm@...lanox.com>,
        Leon Romanovsky <leon@...nel.org>,
        "David S. Miller" <davem@...emloft.net>
Cc:     netdev@...r.kernel.org, linux-rdma@...r.kernel.org,
        linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
        "Gustavo A. R. Silva" <gustavo@...eddedor.com>
Subject: [PATCH][next] net/mlx5/fs_counters: Replace zero-length array with
 flexible-array member

The current codebase makes use of the zero-length array language
extension to the C90 standard, but the preferred mechanism to declare
variable-length types such as these ones is a flexible array member[1][2],
introduced in C99:

struct foo {
        int stuff;
        struct boo array[];
};

By making use of the mechanism above, we will get a compiler warning
in case the flexible array does not occur last in the structure, which
will help us prevent some kind of undefined behavior bugs from being
inadvertently introduced[3] to the codebase from now on.

Also, notice that, dynamic memory allocations won't be affected by
this change:

"Flexible array members have incomplete type, and so the sizeof operator
may not be applied. As a quirk of the original implementation of
zero-length arrays, sizeof evaluates to zero."[1]

This issue was found with the help of Coccinelle.

[1] https://gcc.gnu.org/onlinedocs/gcc/Zero-Length.html
[2] https://github.com/KSPP/linux/issues/21
[3] commit 76497732932f ("cxgb3/l2t: Fix undefined behaviour")

Signed-off-by: Gustavo A. R. Silva <gustavo@...eddedor.com>
---
 drivers/net/ethernet/mellanox/mlx5/core/fs_counters.c | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/drivers/net/ethernet/mellanox/mlx5/core/fs_counters.c b/drivers/net/ethernet/mellanox/mlx5/core/fs_counters.c
index ab69effb056d..f43caefd07a1 100644
--- a/drivers/net/ethernet/mellanox/mlx5/core/fs_counters.c
+++ b/drivers/net/ethernet/mellanox/mlx5/core/fs_counters.c
@@ -470,7 +470,7 @@ struct mlx5_fc_bulk {
 	u32 base_id;
 	int bulk_len;
 	unsigned long *bitmask;
-	struct mlx5_fc fcs[0];
+	struct mlx5_fc fcs[];
 };
 
 static void mlx5_fc_init(struct mlx5_fc *counter, struct mlx5_fc_bulk *bulk,
-- 
2.25.0

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