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Buffer Overflow the Security Threat. What Is It?

Buffer Overflow is an error to programmers as carrying the one is to elementary school math students. So what is the potential security risk, namely buffer overflow, that may arise due poor programming? Find out in this article by Ahm.

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By: Ahm Asaduzzaman
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August 01, 2003
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In this article, we tried to understand the phenomenon of a security threat called Buffer Overflow, which causes mainly from bad programming practice.  There are other type of stinky bug called format string vulnerabilities that has shocked the security community in the second half of 2000.

Format string vulnerability exist if a user can manipulate the format specification passed to a basic C function, such as printf, fprintf or Sprintf, vulnerability exists. These vulnerabilities represent a significant threat for servers and commercial applications and can be used to locally or remotely execute arbitrary code on a system.

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