A null object reference constant is dereferenced either explicitly or through a call to a function that can dereference it.

Vulnerability and risk

Dereferencing a null object reference is a critical runtime problem that will crash the application on some operating systems and throw a runtime exception on others.

Example 1

                  class Param {
                      public int par1() {
                          return 0;
                  class NPD3 {
                      public void foo() {
                     public void foo2(Param param) {

Klocwork produces an issue report (CS.NRE.CONST.DEREF) at line 8. Constant null pointer is dereferenced by passing argument 1 to function 'foo2' at line 8.

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