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Date:   Sun, 24 May 2020 15:52:38 -0500
From:   "Gustavo A. R. Silva" <>
To:     Paul Moore <>, Eric Paris <>
        "Gustavo A. R. Silva" <>,
        Kees Cook <>
Subject: [PATCH] audit: Use struct_size() helper in alloc_chunk

One of the more common cases of allocation size calculations is finding
the size of a structure that has a zero-sized array at the end, along
with memory for some number of elements for that array. For example:

struct audit_chunk {
        struct node {
                struct list_head list;
                struct audit_tree *owner;
                unsigned index;         /* index; upper bit indicates 'will prune' */
        } owners[];

Make use of the struct_size() helper instead of an open-coded version
in order to avoid any potential type mistakes.

So, replace the following form:

offsetof(struct audit_chunk, owners) + count * sizeof(struct node);


struct_size(chunk, owners, count)

This code was detected with the help of Coccinelle.

Signed-off-by: Gustavo A. R. Silva <>
 kernel/audit_tree.c | 4 +---
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kernel/audit_tree.c b/kernel/audit_tree.c
index e49c912f862d0..1b7a2f0417936 100644
--- a/kernel/audit_tree.c
+++ b/kernel/audit_tree.c
@@ -188,11 +188,9 @@ static struct fsnotify_mark *alloc_mark(void)
 static struct audit_chunk *alloc_chunk(int count)
 	struct audit_chunk *chunk;
-	size_t size;
 	int i;
-	size = offsetof(struct audit_chunk, owners) + count * sizeof(struct node);
-	chunk = kzalloc(size, GFP_KERNEL);
+	chunk = kzalloc(struct_size(chunk, owners, count), GFP_KERNEL);
 	if (!chunk)
 		return NULL;

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