# RootPrompt.org   Nothing but Unix.[Home] [Features] [Programming] [Mac OS X] [Search]

 Security: Preventing Today's Top Vulnerability

This article discusses the top vulnerability in Linux/UNIX systems: buffer overflows. This article first explains what buffer overflows are and why they're both so common and so dangerous. It then discusses the new Linux and UNIX methods for broadly countering them -- and why these methods are not enough. It then shows various ways to counter buffer overflows in C/C++ programs, both statically-sized approaches (such as the standard C library and OpenBSD/strlcpy solution) and dynamically-sized solutions, as well as some tools to help you. Finally, the article closes with some predictions on the future of buffer overflow vulnerabilities.

 (Submitted by Anonymous Sat Feb 7, 2004 )


Our content can be syndicated: Main page Mac Page

Copyright 1999-2005 Noel Davis. Noel also runs web sites about sailing and kayaking.
All trademarks are the property of their owners.
All articles are owned by their author