[analyzer] Suppress "this" pointer escape during construction.


[analyzer] Suppress "this" pointer escape during construction.

Pointer escape event notifies checkers that a pointer can no longer be reliably
tracked by the analyzer. For example, if a pointer is passed into a function
that has no body available, or written into a global, MallocChecker would
no longer report memory leaks for such pointer.

In case of operator new() under -analyzer-config c++-allocator-inlining=true,
MallocChecker would start tracking the pointer allocated by operator new()
only to immediately meet a pointer escape event notifying the checker that the
pointer has escaped into a constructor (assuming that the body of the
constructor is not available) and immediately stop tracking it. Even though
it is theoretically possible for such constructor to put "this" into
a global container that would later be freed, we prefer to preserve the old
behavior of MallocChecker, i.e. a memory leak warning, in order to
be able to find any memory leaks in C++ at all. In fact, c++-allocator-inlining
*reduces* the amount of false positives coming from this-pointers escaping in
constructors, because it'd be able to inline constructors in some cases.

With other checkers working similarly, we simply suppress the escape event for
this-value of the constructor, regardless of analyzer options.

Differential Revision: https://reviews.llvm.org/D41797


dergachevJan 17 2018, 4:44 PM
Differential Revision
D41797: [analyzer] Suppress escape of this-pointer during construction.