This story goes back to 2015, when Haiku OS and PVS-Studio static analyzer developers decided to join forces and improve this OS code quality. At first it was more like an experiment, as there was no Linux analyzer at that time and the team had to work only with the compiled executable analyzer file. The entire infrastructure for parsing compiler parameters, running preprocessor, analysis paralleling and so on was taken from the Compiler Monitoring UI utility in C#, which was ported in parts to the Mono platform in order to be run in Linux.
A guy sent an email to our support saying that the analyzer was producing four false positives at once on one line of his code.
For many years, Andrey Karpov has been publishing articles on code quality, and bugs reviews of open source projects. For example, he is the author of such publications as “The Ultimate Question of Programming, Refactoring, and Everything” and “27 000 Errors in the Tizen Operating System“.
Recently, the open source Android operating system has become of interest for him. He researched that part of the operating system code, which is written in the C and C++ languages. After that he came to a conclusion, which always takes place after such research: human error is always possible. By using the PVS-Studio tool, it becomes possible to detect at least one security defect (potential vulnerability) per 4000 lines of code.
If you are a software developer working in the video game industry and wondering what else you could do to improve the quality of your product or make the development process easier and you don’t use static analysis – it’s just the right time to start doing so. You doubt that? OK, I’ll try to convince you. And if you are just looking to see what coding mistakes are common with video-game and game-engine developers, then you’re, again, at the right place: I have picked the most interesting ones for you.
Tizen is a Linux-based open-source operating system backed by Intel and Samsung Electronics, which has been in development since early 2012 and designed for smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, smart watches, cameras and PCs.
While the world is discussing the 89th Ceremony of Oscar award and charts of actors and costumes, we’ve decided to write a review article about the IT-sphere. The article is going to cover the most interesting bugs, made in open source projects in 2016. This year was remarkable for our tool, as PVS-Studio has become available on Linux OS. The errors we present are hopefully, already fixed, but every reader can see how serious are the errors made by developers.
In 1971, the USSR delivered the first planetary rovers on skis to Mars, whose task was to puncture the surface with a rod (housing a dynamic penetrometer and a radiation densitometer) to see if Mars was solid or liquid dusty. The first probe crashed on November 27; the second soft-landed on December 2 but didn’t manage to get out of the “shell” of the lander, so that attempt didn’t count.
The Microsoft company made a present to all programmers eager to dig into some interesting stuff: they opened the source codes of MS-DOS v 1.1, v 2.0 and Word for Windows 1.1a. The MS-DOS operating system is written in an assembler, so the analyzer cannot be applied to it. But Word is written in C. Word 1.1a’s source codes are almost 25 years old, but we still managed to analyze it. There’s no practical use of it, of course. Just for fun.
Static code analyzers are tools that help programmers find bugs on the earliest stages of development.
We are happy to announce that now you can use PVS-Studio static code analyzer for free, for educational purposes, so that individual developers and enthusiastic teams could also fully use it. To find out how to use this tool for free – please read the following sections.