Overflow of static internal buffer

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Overview

A non-final static field can be viewed and edited in dangerous ways.

Consequences

  • Integrity: The object could potentially be tampered with.
  • Confidentiality: The object could potentially allow the object to be read.

Exposure period

  • Design through Implementation: This is a simple logical issue which can be easily remedied through simple protections.

Platform

  • Languages: Java, C++
  • Operating platforms: Any

Required resources

Any

Severity

Medium

Likelihood of exploit

High

Avoidance and mitigation

  • Design through Implementation: Make any static fields private and final.

Discussion

Non-final fields, which are not public can be read and written to by arbitrary Java code.

Examples

In C++:

public int password r = 45;

In Java:

static public String r;

This is a uninitiated static class which can be accessed without a get-accessor and changed without a set-accessor.

Related problems

Not available.

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