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Date: Thu,  4 Jul 2019 11:24:43 +0530
From: Nitin Gote <>
	Nitin Gote <>
Subject: [PATCH] checkpatch: Added warnings in favor of strscpy().

Added warnings in script to :

1. Deprecate strcpy() in favor of strscpy().
2. Deprecate strlcpy() in favor of strscpy().
3. Deprecate strncpy() in favor of strscpy() or strscpy_pad().

Updated strncpy() section in Documentation/process/deprecated.rst
to cover strscpy_pad() case.

Signed-off-by: Nitin Gote <>
 This patch is already reviewed by mailing list Refer below link
Acked-by: Kees Cook <>

 Documentation/process/deprecated.rst | 6 +++---
 scripts/                | 5 +++++
 2 files changed, 8 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/process/deprecated.rst b/Documentation/process/deprecated.rst
index 49e0f64..f564de3 100644
--- a/Documentation/process/deprecated.rst
+++ b/Documentation/process/deprecated.rst
@@ -93,9 +93,9 @@ will be NUL terminated. This can lead to various linear read overflows
 and other misbehavior due to the missing termination. It also NUL-pads the
 destination buffer if the source contents are shorter than the destination
 buffer size, which may be a needless performance penalty for callers using
-only NUL-terminated strings. The safe replacement is :c:func:`strscpy`.
-(Users of :c:func:`strscpy` still needing NUL-padding will need an
-explicit :c:func:`memset` added.)
+only NUL-terminated strings. In this case, the safe replacement is
+:c:func:`strscpy`. If, however, the destination buffer still needs
+NUL-padding, the safe replacement is :c:func:`strscpy_pad`.
 If a caller is using non-NUL-terminated strings, :c:func:`strncpy()` can
 still be used, but destinations should be marked with the `__nonstring
diff --git a/scripts/ b/scripts/
index 342c7c7..3d80967 100755
--- a/scripts/
+++ b/scripts/
@@ -595,6 +595,11 @@ our %deprecated_apis = (
 	"rcu_barrier_sched"			=> "rcu_barrier",
 	"get_state_synchronize_sched"		=> "get_state_synchronize_rcu",
 	"cond_synchronize_sched"		=> "cond_synchronize_rcu",
+	"strcpy"				=> "strscpy",
+	"strlcpy"				=> "strscpy",
+	"strncpy"				=> "strscpy, strscpy_pad or for
+	non-NUL-terminated strings, strncpy() can still be used, but
+	destinations should be marked with the __nonstring",
 #Create a search pattern for all these strings to speed up a loop below

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