[PATCH] netfilter: nfnetlink_log: work around uninitialized variable warning

Arnd Bergmann arnd at arndb.de
Tue Nov 10 04:08:15 PST 2015

After a recent (correct) change, gcc started warning about the use
of the 'flags' variable in nfulnl_recv_config()

net/netfilter/nfnetlink_log.c: In function 'nfulnl_recv_config':
net/netfilter/nfnetlink_log.c:320:14: warning: 'flags' may be used uninitialized in this function [-Wmaybe-uninitialized]
net/netfilter/nfnetlink_log.c:828:6: note: 'flags' was declared here

The warning first shows up in ARM s3c2410_defconfig with gcc-4.3 or
higher (including 5.2.1, which is the latest version I checked) I
tried working around it by rearranging the code but had no success
with that.

As a last resort, this initializes the variable to zero, which shuts
up the warning, but means that we don't get a warning if the code
is ever changed in a way that actually causes the variable to be
used without first being written.

Signed-off-by: Arnd Bergmann <arnd at arndb.de>
Fixes: 8cbc870829ec ("netfilter: nfnetlink_log: validate dependencies to avoid breaking atomicity")

diff --git a/net/netfilter/nfnetlink_log.c b/net/netfilter/nfnetlink_log.c
index 06eb48fceb42..740cce4685ac 100644
--- a/net/netfilter/nfnetlink_log.c
+++ b/net/netfilter/nfnetlink_log.c
@@ -825,7 +825,7 @@ nfulnl_recv_config(struct sock *ctnl, struct sk_buff *skb,
 	struct net *net = sock_net(ctnl);
 	struct nfnl_log_net *log = nfnl_log_pernet(net);
 	int ret = 0;
-	u16 flags;
+	u16 flags = 0;
 	if (nfula[NFULA_CFG_CMD]) {
 		u_int8_t pf = nfmsg->nfgen_family;

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