User Guide

  • 2020
  • 09/09/2020
  • Public Content

Uninitialized Memory Access

Occurs when a read of an uninitialized memory location is reported.
Problem type: Uninitialized memory access
Code Location
Allocation site
If present, represents the location and associated call stack from which the memory block containing the offending address was allocated.
Represents the instruction and associated call stack responsible for the uninitialized access.
If no allocation is associated with this problem, the memory address might be in uninitialized stack space.
The offset, if shown in the
Code Locations
pane, represents the byte offset into the allocated buffer where the
Uninitialized memory access
Heap example:
char* pStr = (char*) malloc(20); char c = pStr[0]; // the contents of pStr were not initialized
Stack example (set
Analyze stack accesses
to Yes when you configure the analysis):
void func() {    int a;    int b = a * 4; // read of uninitialized variable a }
Heap example:
integer, allocatable :: a(:) integer :: b allocate( a(10) ) b = a(1) * 4
Stack example (set
Analyze stack accesses
to Yes when you configure the analysis):
integer :: a, b b = a * 4
Buffers created by system calls linking processes to shared memory are flagged as allocated memory, which means the
Intel Inspector
does not report an
Uninitialized memory access
on these buffers.
Possible Correction Strategies
Initialize the offending memory prior to use.

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