[openssl-project] Removal of NULL checks

Paul Dale paul.dale at oracle.com
Wed Aug 8 23:58:06 UTC 2018

I'm firmly in the don't remove them camp too.

Dr Paul Dale | Cryptographer | Network Security & Encryption 
Phone +61 7 3031 7217
Oracle Australia

-----Original Message-----
From: Viktor Dukhovni [mailto:openssl-users at dukhovni.org] 
Sent: Wednesday, 8 August 2018 11:52 PM
To: openssl-project at openssl.org
Subject: Re: [openssl-project] Removal of NULL checks

> On Aug 8, 2018, at 6:19 AM, Tim Hudson <tjh at cryptsoft.com> wrote:
> However in the context of removing such checks - that we should not be 
> doing - the behaviour of the APIs in this area should not be changed

Should not be changed period.  Even across major release boundaries.
This is not an ABI compatibility issue, it is a source compatibility issue, and should avoided all the time.  If we want to write a *new* function that skips the NULL checks it gets a new name.


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