[clang-tidy] new check: bugprone-too-small-loop-variable

Authored by JonasToth on Nov 12 2018, 8:01 AM.


[clang-tidy] new check: bugprone-too-small-loop-variable

The new checker searches for those for loops which has a loop variable with a "too small" type which means this type can't represent all values which are part of the iteration range.

For example:

int main() {
  long size = 300000;
  for( short int i = 0; i < size; ++i) {}

The short type leads to infinite loop here because it can't store all values in the [0..size] interval. In a real use case, size means a container's size which depends on the user input. Which means for small amount of objects the algorithm works, but with a larger user input the software will freeze.

The idea of the checker comes from the LibreOffice project, where the same check was implemented as a clang compiler plugin, called LoopVarTooSmall (LLVM licensed).
The idea is the same behind this check, but the code is different because of the different framework.

Patch by ztamas.

Reviewers: alexfh, hokein, aaron.ballman, JonasToth, xazax.hun, whisperity

Reviewed By: JonasToth, whisperity

Differential Revision: https://reviews.llvm.org/D53974

llvm-svn: 346665