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2224. Member subobjects and base-class casts

Section:  [expr.static.cast]     Status: C++17     Submitter: Aaron Ballman     Date: 2016-01-13

[Adopted at the February/March, 2017 meeting.]

The current wording of [expr.static.cast] paragraph 2 appears to permit the following example:

  struct B {
    int i;

  struct D : B {
    int j;
    B b;

  int main() {
    D d;

    B &br = d.b;
    D &dr = static_cast<D&>(br);  // Okay?

Presumably such casts should only be supported if the operand object is a base class subobject, not a member subobject.

Proposed resolution (January, 2017):

Change [expr.static.cast] paragraph 2 as follows:

...If the object of type “cv1 B” is actually a base class subobject of an object of type D, the result refers to the enclosing object of type D. Otherwise, the behavior is undefined. [Example:...