Casting arbitrary pointers into char* and then accessing their contents should be done with care. The results may not be portable.
This query finds pointer arithmetic expressions where a pointer to char (or similar) is dereferenced even though the underlying value is of a type larger than char.
- 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.