Secure Coding in C and C++ / Edition 2

Secure Coding in C and C++ / Edition 2

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by Robert C. Seacord
     
 

ISBN-10: 0321822137

ISBN-13: 9780321822130

Pub. Date: 04/12/2013

Publisher: Addison-Wesley

Learn the Root Causes of Software Vulnerabilities and How to Avoid Them

Commonly exploited software vulnerabilities are usually caused by avoidable software defects. Having analyzed tens of thousands of vulnerability reports since 1988, CERT has determined that a relatively small number of root causes account for most of the vulnerabilities.

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Learn the Root Causes of Software Vulnerabilities and How to Avoid Them

Commonly exploited software vulnerabilities are usually caused by avoidable software defects. Having analyzed tens of thousands of vulnerability reports since 1988, CERT has determined that a relatively small number of root causes account for most of the vulnerabilities.

Secure Coding in C and C++, Second Edition, identifies and explains these root causes and shows the steps that can be taken to prevent exploitation. Moreover, this book encourages programmers to adopt security best practices and to develop a security mindset that can help protect software from tomorrow’s attacks, not just today’s. Drawing on the CERT’s reports and conclusions, Robert C. Seacord systematically identifies the program errors most likely to lead to security breaches, shows how they can be exploited, reviews the potential consequences, and presents secure alternatives.

Coverage includes technical detail on how to

  • Improve the overall security of any C or C++ application
  • Thwart buffer overflows, stack-smashing, and return-oriented programming attacks that exploit insecure string manipulation logic
  • Avoid vulnerabilities and security flaws resulting from the incorrect use of dynamic memory management functions
  • Eliminate integer-related problems resulting from signed integer overflows, unsigned integer wrapping, and truncation errors
  • Perform secure I/O, avoiding file system vulnerabilities
  • Correctly use formatted output functions without introducing format-string vulnerabilities
  • Avoid race conditions and other exploitable vulnerabilities while developing concurrent code

The second edition features

  • Updates for C11 and C++11
  • Significant revisions to chapters on strings, dynamic memory management, and integer security
  • A new chapter on concurrency
  • Access to the online secure coding course offered through Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative (OLI)

Secure Coding in C and C++, Second Edition, presents hundreds of examples of secure code, insecure code, and exploits, implemented for Windows and Linux. If you’re responsible for creating secure C or C++ software–or for keeping it safe–no other book offers you this much detailed, expert assistance.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780321822130
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley
Publication date:
04/12/2013
Series:
SEI Series in Software Engineering Series
Pages:
569
Sales rank:
409,669
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword xvii

Preface xxi

Acknowledgments xxv

About the Author xxvii

Chapter 1: Running with Scissors 1

1.1 Gauging the Threat 5

1.2 Security Concepts 12

1.3 C and C++ 17

1.4 Development Platforms 25

1.5 Summary 27

1.6 Further Reading 28

Chapter 2: Strings 29

2.1 Character Strings 29

2.2 Common String Manipulation Errors 42

2.3 String Vulnerabilities and Exploits 50

2.4 Mitigation Strategies for Strings 72

2.5 String-Handling Functions 84

2.6 Runtime Protection Strategies 101

2.7 Notable Vulnerabilities 117

2.8 Summary 118

2.9 Further Reading 120

Chapter 3: Pointer Subterfuge 121

3.1 Data Locations 122

3.2 Function Pointers 123

3.3 Object Pointers 124

3.4 Modifying the Instruction Pointer 125

3.5 Global Offset Table 127

3.6 The .dtorsSection 129

3.7 Virtual Pointers 131

3.8 The atexit()and on_exit()Functions 133

3.9 The longjmp()Function 134

3.10 Exception Handling 136

3.11 Mitigation Strategies 139

3.12 Summary 142

3.13 Further Reading 143

Chapter 4: Dynamic Memory Management 145

4.1 C Memory Management 146

4.2 Common C Memory Management Errors 151

4.3 C++ Dynamic Memory Management 162

4.4 Common C++ Memory Management Errors 172

4.5 Memory Managers 180

4.6 Doug Lea’s Memory Allocator 182

4.7 Double-Free Vulnerabilities 191

4.8 Mitigation Strategies 212

4.9 Notable Vulnerabilities 222

4.10 Summary 224

Chapter 5: Integer Security 225

5.1 Introduction to Integer Security 225

5.2 Integer Data Types 226

5.3 Integer Conversions 246

5.4 Integer Operations 256

5.5 Integer Vulnerabilities 283

5.6 Mitigation Strategies 288

5.7 Summary 307

Chapter 6: Formatted Output 309

6.1 Variadic Functions 310

6.2 Formatted Output Functions 313

6.3 Exploiting Formatted Output Functions 319

6.4 Stack Randomization 332

6.5 Mitigation Strategies 337

6.6 Notable Vulnerabilities 348

6.7 Summary 349

6.8 Further Reading 351

Chapter 7: Concurrency 353

7.1 Multithreading 354

7.2 Parallelism 355

7.3 Performance Goals 359

7.4 Common Errors 362

7.5 Mitigation Strategies 368

7.6 Mitigation Pitfalls 384

7.7 Notable Vulnerabilities 399

7.8 Summary 401

Chapter 8: File I/O 403

8.1 File I/O Basics 403

8.2 File I/O Interfaces 407

8.3 Access Control 413

8.4 File Identification 432

8.5 Race Conditions 450

8.6 Mitigation Strategies 461

8.7 Summary 472

Chapter 9: Recommended Practices 473

9.1 The Security Development Lifecycle 474

9.2 Security Training 480

9.3 Requirements 481

9.4 Design 486

9.5 Implementation 503

9.6 Verification 512

9.7 Summary 518

9.8 Further Reading 518

References 519

Acronyms 539

Index 545

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