[cfe-dev] MallocChecker/RetainCountChecker bind symbol invalidation logic

Anna Zaks ganna at apple.com
Tue May 22 22:58:15 PDT 2012


Another issue is that the escape code is spread out and copied in several places and it would be nice to have it unified in form of an analyzer callback. 

On May 22, 2012, at 5:06 PM, Tom Care wrote:

> Hi all,
> In MallocChecker::checkBind and RetainCountChecker::checkBind we have logic to determine if a bind causes a symbol to escape. I was wondering why we require a symbol to have local storage, as it seems a bit conservative to me. Hopefully I understand this correctly...
> For example: if we are binding to a global, we stop tracking immediately. It seems to me that we could still track the global symbol on the current path until we make a function call, at which point we can no longer assume we know the value.

This sounds like the right thing to do; especially now as we are inlining many of the calls and it takes longer to reach the next opaque function call. I am not sure why we specially handle this case - the global variables should be invalidated as part of a function call. You'd also need to allow all the global variables escape when the function exits.

I've just ran through our regression tests with the change in MallocChecker and the only failing tests are due to us not handling the escape on return, which shouldn't be hard to add.
    escapes = false;//!regionLoc->getRegion()->hasStackStorage();

> Another example, and the one that brought this up: If we have a class field, then the symbol could be tracked until the field or the class escapes in a call.

Malloc checker (possibly RetainCount as well) are not even this smart. We give up when a pointer is assigned to a field in a struct/class. We should associate the pointer with the struct/class object and assume that the pointer escapes when either the object or the pointer itself escape. We ran out of time implementing this one.

> There could be smart ways to track this, e.g field visibility, but the conservative way would be to assume that any call may result in access to the class. Most of the smart ways I can think of would require accurate inter-procedural analysis.
> Perhaps we can allow for non-local storage to be continue to be tracked (subject to the other escaping rules) and then purge all non-local symbols when a call is made? Is there any other case where non-local storage could escape before a call?

I cannot think of any. (There is a program path on which the global value would escape even before a call (another thread modifies it), but the path we are exploring(with no interleaving) is also a valid one.)

> class->foo = malloc(42); // continue tracking after bind
> ...
> bar(class->foo); // escapes - trivial
> bar(class); // escapes - bar might modify foo
> class->method() //; escapes, unless method is const?

> bar(); // escapes - conservative - bar may have class pointer

I am not following this one. If 'bar()' is just any function, how does it have 'class' pointer? Is 'class' global?

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