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Unclear comparison precedence

ID: cpp/comparison-precedence
Kind: problem
Security severity: 
Severity: warning
Precision: very-high
   - maintainability
   - readability
Query suites:
   - cpp-security-and-quality.qls

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This rule finds comparison expressions that use 2 or more comparison operators and are not completely parenthesized. It is best to fully parenthesize complex comparison expressions to explicitly define the order of the comparison operators.


Fully parenthesize complex comparison expressions to avoid confusion.


void h() {
	int a, b, c;

	a < b != c; //parenthesize to explicitly define order of operators
	(a < b) < c; //correct: parenthesized to specify order


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