An object reference value from either a local assignment of a null-constant, or a call to function that will return null, will be dereferenced either explicitly or through a call to a function that may dereference it, without checking for null.

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

              public class A {
                  public void foo() {
                      A c = null;

Null-source: explicit assignmentNull-dereferencing: explicitKlocwork produces an issue report (CS.NRE.GEN.MUST) at line 4 for variable 'c'. Variable 'c' is explicitly assigned to null value at line 3 and will be dereferenced at line 4.

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