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Date:   Wed, 05 Aug 2020 23:21:40 -0700
From:   John Fastabend <>
To:     "Daniel T. Lee" <>,
        Daniel Borkmann <>,
        Alexei Starovoitov <>,
        Andrii Nakryiko <>
Subject: RE: [PATCH bpf-next] libbf: fix uninitialized pointer at

Daniel T. Lee wrote:
> Recently, from commit 94a1fedd63ed ("libbpf: Add btf__parse_raw() and
> generic btf__parse() APIs"), new API has been added to libbpf that
> allows to parse BTF from raw data file (btf__parse_raw()).
> The commit derives build failure of samples/bpf due to improper access
> of uninitialized pointer at btf_parse_raw().
>     btf.c: In function btf__parse_raw:
>     btf.c:625:28: error: btf may be used uninitialized in this function
>       625 |  return err ? ERR_PTR(err) : btf;
>           |         ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~^~~~~
> This commit fixes the build failure of samples/bpf by adding code of
> initializing btf pointer as NULL.
> Fixes: 94a1fedd63ed ("libbpf: Add btf__parse_raw() and generic btf__parse() APIs")
> Signed-off-by: Daniel T. Lee <>
> ---

Unless errno is zero this should be ok in practice, but I guess compiler
wont know that.

Acked-by: John Fastabend <>

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