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V560. Part of conditional expression is always true/false.

Dec 02 2021

The analyzer detected a potential error inside a logical condition. A part of a logical condition is always true and therefore is considered dangerous.

Consider this sample:

#define REO_INPLACEACTIVE (0x02000000L)
if (reObj.dwFlags && REO_INPLACEACTIVE)

The programmer wanted to check some particular bit in the dwFlags variable. But he made a misprint by writing the '&&' operator instead of '&' operator. This is the correct code:

if (reObj.dwFlags & REO_INPLACEACTIVE)

Let's examine another sample:

if (a = 10 || a == 20)

The programmer wrote the assignment operator '=' instead of comparison operator '==' by accident. From the viewpoint of the C++ language, this expression is identical to an expression like "if (a = (10 || a == 20))".

The analyzer considers the "10 || a == 20" expression dangerous because its left part is a constant. This is the correct code:

if (a == 10 || a == 20)

Sometimes the V560 warning indicates just a surplus code, not an error. Consider the following sample:

if (!mainmenu) {
  if (freeze || winfreeze ||
      (mainmenu && gameon) ||
      (!gameon && gamestarted))
    drawmode = normalmode;

The analyzer will warn you that the 'mainmenu' variable in the (mainmenu && gameon) subexpression is always equal to 0. It follows from the check above " if (!mainmenu)". This code can be quite correct. But it is surplus and should be simplified. It will make the program clearer to other developers.

This is the simplified code:

if (!mainmenu) {
  if (freeze || winfreeze ||
      (!gameon && gamestarted))
    drawmode = normalmode;

This is a more interesting case.

int16u Integer = ReadInt16u(Liste);
int32u Exponent=(Integer>>10) & 0xFF;
if (Exponent==0 || Exponent==0xFF)  // V560
  return 0;

The user who sent us this example was puzzled by the analyzer issuing a warning saying that the 'Exponent==0xFF' subexpression was always false. Let's figure this out. To do that, we need to count carefully.

The range of values of 16-bit unsigned variable 'Integer' is [0..0b1111111111111111], i.e. [0..0xFFFF].

Shifting by 10 bits to the right reduces the range: [0..0b111111], i.e. [0..0x3F].

After that, the '& 0xFF' operation is executed.

As a result, there's no way you can get the value '0xFF' - only '0x3F' at most.

Some C++ constructs are considered safe even if a part of an expression inside them is a constant. Here are some samples when the analyzer considers the code safe:

  • a subexpression contains operators sizeof(): if (a == b && sizeof(T) < sizeof(__int64)) {};
  • an expression is situated inside a macro: assert(false);
  • two numerical constants are being compared: if (MY_DEFINE_BITS_COUNT == 4) {};
  • etc.

Special settings for the V560 diagnostic

Upon the additional request of our clients, we added the feature to control the behavior of the V560 diagnostic. You may write a special kind of comment in the common header file or in the pvsconfig file:


The 'ENABLE_PEDANTIC_WARNINGS' mode weakens the diagnostic exceptions. Code example:

void foo()
  bool debugCheck = false; // maybe in macros
  if (x)
    if (debugCheck)

By default, the analyzer wouldn't consider such code fragment dangerous, since it is often written for debugging. The comment allows you to weaken the rule exception, so the analyzer can issue a warning here.

This diagnostic is classified as:

You can look at examples of errors detected by the V560 diagnostic.