Work around language and compiler bug in memcpy, etc.

Most C standard library functions are undefined if passed NULL, even
when the corresponding length is zero. This gives them (and, in turn,
all functions which call them) surprising behavior on empty arrays.
Some compilers will miscompile code due to this rule. See also

Add OPENSSL_memcpy, etc., wrappers which avoid this problem.


Change-Id: I95f42b23e92945af0e681264fffaf578e7f8465e
Commit-Queue: David Benjamin <>
Reviewed-by: Adam Langley <>
188 files changed
tree: 3e6b6da76353a25cad1850c46668107690e8b245
  1. .github/
  2. crypto/
  3. decrepit/
  4. fuzz/
  5. include/
  6. infra/
  7. ssl/
  8. third_party/
  9. tool/
  10. util/
  11. .clang-format
  12. .gitignore
  15. CMakeLists.txt
  16. codereview.settings


BoringSSL is a fork of OpenSSL that is designed to meet Google's needs.

Although BoringSSL is an open source project, it is not intended for general use, as OpenSSL is. We don't recommend that third parties depend upon it. Doing so is likely to be frustrating because there are no guarantees of API or ABI stability.

Programs ship their own copies of BoringSSL when they use it and we update everything as needed when deciding to make API changes. This allows us to mostly avoid compromises in the name of compatibility. It works for us, but it may not work for you.

BoringSSL arose because Google used OpenSSL for many years in various ways and, over time, built up a large number of patches that were maintained while tracking upstream OpenSSL. As Google's product portfolio became more complex, more copies of OpenSSL sprung up and the effort involved in maintaining all these patches in multiple places was growing steadily.

Currently BoringSSL is the SSL library in Chrome/Chromium, Android (but it's not part of the NDK) and a number of other apps/programs.

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