Pointer arithmetic in C and C++ is automatically scaled according to the size of the data type. For example, if the type of p is T* and sizeof(T) == 4 then the expression p+1 adds 4 bytes to p.
This query finds code of the form p + k*sizeof(T). Such code is usually a mistake because there is no need to manually scale the offset by sizeof(T).
- Whenever possible, use the array subscript operator rather than pointer arithmetic. For example, replace *(p+k) with p[k].
- Cast to the correct type before using pointer arithmetic. For example, if the type of p is char* but it really points to an array of type double then use the syntax (double*)p + k to get a pointer to the k'th element of the array.
- Common Weakness Enumeration: CWE-468.