Overflow of static internal buffer

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Last revision (mm/dd/yy): 02/19/2009


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


  • 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.


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

Required resources




Likelihood of exploit


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

Risk Factors

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  • Discuss the technical impact of a successful exploit of this vulnerability
  • Consider the likely [business impacts] of a successful attack


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 Attacks

Related Vulnerabilities

Related Controls

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

Related Technical Impacts


Note: A reference to related CWE or CAPEC article should be added when exists. Eg: