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Inconsistent operation on return value

ID: cpp/inconsistent-call-on-result
Kind: problem
Severity: warning
Precision: medium
Tags:
   - reliability
   - correctness
   - statistical
   - non-attributable
   - external/cwe/cwe-252
Query suites:
   - cpp-security-and-quality.qls

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If the same operation (e.g. free, delete, close, etc.) is usually performed on the result of a method call, then any instances where it is not performed may indicate misuse of the API and could cause resource leaks or other issues.

Recommendation

Examine the code to determine if the return value is treated correctly in this particular case.

References