Dangerous Function

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Abstract

Functions that cannot be used safely should never be used.

Description

Certain functions behave in dangerous ways regardless of how they are used. Functions in this category were often implemented without taking security concerns into account.

Examples

  • The gets() function is unsafe because it does not perform bounds checking on the size of its input. An attacker can easily send arbitrarily-sized input to gets() and overflow the destination buffer.
  • The >> operator is unsafe to use when reading into a character buffer because it does not perform bounds checking on the size of its input. An attacker can easily send arbitrarily-sized input to the >> operator and overflow the destination buffer.

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