Re: [PATCH] openvswitch: Distribute switch variables for initialization

From: David Miller
Date: Thu Feb 20 2020 - 13:01:01 EST

From: Kees Cook <keescook@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2020 22:23:09 -0800

> Variables declared in a switch statement before any case statements
> cannot be automatically initialized with compiler instrumentation (as
> they are not part of any execution flow). With GCC's proposed automatic
> stack variable initialization feature, this triggers a warning (and they
> don't get initialized). Clang's automatic stack variable initialization
> (via CONFIG_INIT_STACK_ALL=y) doesn't throw a warning, but it also
> doesn't initialize such variables[1]. Note that these warnings (or silent
> skipping) happen before the dead-store elimination optimization phase,
> so even when the automatic initializations are later elided in favor of
> direct initializations, the warnings remain.
> To avoid these problems, move such variables into the "case" where
> they're used or lift them up into the main function body.
> net/openvswitch/flow_netlink.c: In function ʽvalidate_setʼ:
> net/openvswitch/flow_netlink.c:2711:29: warning: statement will never be executed [-Wswitch-unreachable]
> 2711 | const struct ovs_key_ipv4 *ipv4_key;
> | ^~~~~~~~
> [1]
> Signed-off-by: Kees Cook <keescook@xxxxxxxxxxxx>