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Compiler Warning (level 4) C4703

Potentially uninitialized local pointer variable 'name' used

The local pointer variable name might have been used without being assigned a value. This could lead to unpredictable results.

The following code generates C4701 and C4703.

#include <malloc.h>

void func(int size)
{
    void* p;
    if (size < 256) {
        p = malloc(size);
    }

    if (p != nullptr) // C4701 and C4703
        free(p);
}

void main()
{
    func(9);
}
c:\src\test.cpp(10) : warning C4701: potentially uninitialized local variable 'p' usedc:\src\test.cpp(10) : warning C4703: potentially uninitialized local pointer variable 'p' used

To correct this warning, initialize the variable as shown in this example:

#include <malloc.h>

void func(int size)
{
    void* p = nullptr;
    if (size < 256) {
        p = malloc(size);
    }

    if (p != nullptr)
        free(p);
}

void main()
{
    func(9);
}
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