This check diagnoses when a const qualifier is applied to a typedef/ using to a pointer type rather than to the pointee, because such constructs are often misleading to developers because the const applies to the pointer rather than the pointee.

For instance, in the following code, the resulting type is int * const rather than const int *:

typedef int *int_ptr;
void f(const int_ptr ptr) {
  *ptr = 0; // potentially quite unexpectedly the int can be modified here
  ptr = 0; // does not compile

The check does not diagnose when the underlying typedef/using type is a pointer to a const type or a function pointer type. This is because the const qualifier is less likely to be mistaken because it would be redundant (or disallowed) on the underlying pointee type.