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Variable used in its own initializer

ID: cpp/use-in-own-initializer
Kind: problem
Security severity: 
Severity: warning
Precision: high
   - maintainability
   - correctness
Query suites:
   - cpp-security-and-quality.qls

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A variable is in scope in its own initializer, but it is undefined behavior to load from it before it is first assigned to.


Do not use a variable in its own initializer unless it is part of an address calculation or a sizeof expression.


int f() {
	int x = x; // BAD: undefined behavior occurs here
	x = 0;
	return x;

int g() {
	int x = 0; // GOOD
	return x;


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