marcel 2009-07-11 22:43:20 UTC
FreeBSD src repository
SVN rev 195627 on 2009-07-11 22:43:20Z by marcel
In nvpair_native_embedded_array(), meaningless pointers are zeroed.
The programmer was aware that alignment was not guaranteed in the
packed structure and used bzero() to NULL out the pointers.
However, on ia64, the compiler is quite agressive in finding ILP
and calls to bzero() are often replaced by simple assignments (i.e.
stores). Especially when the width or size in question corresponds
with a store instruction (i.e. st1, st2, st4 or st8).
The problem here is not a compiler bug. The address of the memory
to zero-out was given by '&packed->nvl_priv' and given the type of
the 'packed' pointer the compiler could assume proper alignment for
the replacement of bzero() with an 8-byte wide store to be valid.
The problem is with the programmer. The programmer knew that the
address did not have the alignment guarantees needed for a regular
assignment, but failed to inform the compiler of that fact. In
fact, the programmer told the compiler the opposite: alignment is
The fix is to avoid using a pointer of type "nvlist_t *" and
instead use a "char *" pointer as the basis for calculating the
address. This tells the compiler that only 1-byte alignment can
be assumed and the compiler will either keep the bzero() call
or instead replace it with a sequence of byte-wise stores. Both
Approved by: re (kib)
Revision Changes Path
1.5 +6 -3 src/sys/cddl/contrib/opensolaris/common/nvpair/nvpair.c