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Date:	Sat, 03 Nov 2012 14:55:17 -0400 (EDT)
From:	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3] sctp: Clean up type-punning in sctp_cmd_t union

From: Neil Horman <>
Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2012 14:32:13 -0400

> Lots of points in the sctp_cmd_interpreter function treat the sctp_cmd_t arg as
> a void pointer, even though they are written as various other types.  Theres no
> need for this as doing so just leads to possible type-punning issues that could
> cause crashes, and if we remain type-consistent we can actually just remove the
> void * member of the union entirely.
> Change Notes:
> v2)
> 	* Dropped chunk that modified SCTP_NULL to create a marker pattern
> 	 should anyone try to use a SCTP_NULL() assigned sctp_arg_t, Assigning
> 	 to .zero provides the same effect and should be faster, per Vlad Y.
> v3)
> 	* Reverted part of V2, opting to use memset instead of .zero, so that
> 	 the entire union is initalized thus avoiding the i164 speculative load
> 	 problems previously encountered, per Dave M..  Also rewrote
> 	 SCTP_[NO]FORCE so as to use common infrastructure a little more
> Signed-off-by: Neil Horman <

Applied, thanks.
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