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Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:55:12 +0200
From: Frank Dittrich <>
Subject: Re: Unaligned access (was: JtR on ARM)

On 08/21/2015 11:44 AM, Lei Zhang wrote:
> I just update a bunch of formats to avoid unaligned accesses when ARCH_ALLOWS_UNALIGNED = 0. All unaligned accesses observed so far happen in set_key(char *key, int), where 'key'  might be cast to an int-type pointer. To avoid unaligned access, I create a buffer that is properly aligned, strcpy key to that buffer and then use this buffer as replacement. It is questionable which kind of overhead is higher: unaligned access or redundant 'strcpy's. I tested it on Power, and here's the result:

So far, when ./configure --enable-ubsan is used, we add
-fno-sanitize=alignment, because on x86 we would get tons of false

You might just remove that -fno-sanitize=alignment for your ARM tests.
If you want to see warnings and habe libubsan installed, you can also
drop -fsanitize-undefined-trap-on-error.

If that helps, you might want to improve the autoconfig, so that for
archs with ARCH_ALLOWS_UNALIGNED = 0 unaligned access is treated as
undefined behavior in --enable-ubsan builds.


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