Possible integer overflow


In Go, the size of the int type varies with the system architecture: it's 32 bits on a 32-bit system and 64 bits on a 64-bit system. This variability can lead to integer overflow issues when a value returned from strconv.Atoi is cast to a smaller integer type, such as int32 or int16, and the original number exceeds the maximum value that can be stored in the smaller type. Integer overflow can cause erratic behavior and potentially serious bugs.


To prevent integer overflow and ensure safe type conversion:

✅ Check Values Before Conversion

Before casting an int to a smaller type, compare it against the maximum values that the target type can hold.

import (

func main() {
// Convert the string to an int
bigValue, err := strconv.Atoi("32768")
if err != nil {

// Ensure the value does not exceed int16's maximum limit
if bigValue > math.MaxInt16 {
log.Fatal("value too large to fit in int16")

// Safely convert to int16
value := int16(bigValue)

✅ Use Appropriate Types

Where possible, use fixed-size types like int32 or int64 to avoid overflow issues related to architecture-dependent sizes.

✅ Handle Errors

Always handle errors returned from conversion functions like strconv.Atoi to detect and manage conversion issues immediately.


Associated CWE


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