[PATCH 2/2] add -Wdangling-pointer [PR #63272]

Martin Sebor msebor@redhat.com
Mon Nov 1 22:18:58 GMT 2021


Patch 2 in this series adds support for detecting the uses of
dangling pointers: those to auto objects that have gone out of
scope.  Like patch 1, to minimize false positives this detection
is very simplistic.  However, thanks to the more deterministic
nature of the problem (all local objects go out of scope) is able
to detect more instances of it.  The approach I used is to simply
search the IL for clobbers that dominate uses of pointers to
the clobbered objects.  If such a use is found that's not
followed by a clobber of the same object the warning triggers.
Similar to -Wuse-after-free, the new -Wdangling-pointer option
has multiple levels: level 1 to detect unconditional uses and
level 2 to flag conditional ones.  Unlike with -Wuse-after-free
there is no use case for testing dangling pointers for
equality, so there is no level 3.

Tested on x86_64-linux and  by building Glibc and Binutils/GDB.
It found no problems outside of the GCC test suite.

As with the first patch in this series, the tests contain a number
of xfails due to known limitations marked with pr??????.  I'll
open bugs for them before committing the patch if I don't resolve
them first in a followup.

Martin
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