A buffer overflow, or buffer overrun, is an anomaly where a program, while writing data to a buffer, overruns the buffer's boundary and overwrites adjacent memory.

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Secure memcpy for pure C

Buffer overflows are nothing new. And yet they still appear often, especially in native (i.e. not managed) code... Part of the root cause, is usage of "unsafe" functions, including C++ staples ...
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Dangers of a vulnerability in a local installer?

I sent a message to my dev manager about a buffer overflow in our (widely distributed) installer, and received a response that it didn't matter as it wasn't server code. Other than the fact that if ...
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buffer/heap overflow - register of what is executed

When buffer overflow/heap overflow is executed, is EIP the one that tells which part will be executed next? Also, when exploiting the part that has buffer overflow vulnerability, after execution, will ...
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Should I bother teaching buffer overflows any more?

The students are skeptical that turning off non-executable stacks, turning off canaries and turning off ASLR represents a realistic environment. If PaX, DEP, W^X, etc., are effective at stopping ...
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php_register_variable_ex vulnerability question

Vulnerability I am referring to is: http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/51830 And here in more detail: http://auntitled.blogspot.com/2012/02/mini-poc-for-php-rce-cve-2012-0830.html So basically what ...
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How do attackers gather remote feedback for identifying and exploiting buffer overflows?

Local buffer overflows are relatively easy to understand: throw some input at an interface and see if the process fails with a core dump or similar. However, in my mind, this kind of exploit works ...
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Why do I get “Cannot find bound of current function” when I overwrite the ret address of a vulnerable program?

I want to exploit a stack based buffer overflow for education purposes.There is a typical function called with a parameter from main which is given as input from the program and a local buffer where ...
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Bypassing Address Space Layout Randomization

How effective is ASLR in preventing arbitrary code execution in a buffer overflow type exploit? How hard is it for an attacker to bypass this without simply guessing where the addresses are?
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What programming language does this code use?

Watching this article: http://www.exploit-db.com/exploits/13474/ I can see this: /* * NetBSD * execve() of /bin/sh by humble of Rhino9 */ char shellcode[] = "\xeb\x23" "\x5e" "\x8d\x1e" ...
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Remote return into libc attack

It is often shown that non-executable data segemnts are possible to bypass through return-to-libc attacks. It's evident on /bin/sh but is it also possible to invoke a remote shell?
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Does compiling from sources “kinda” protects from buffer overflow attacks?

While discussing buffers overflows, somebody told me that compiling your own binary for an application (with specific compilation flags) instead of using the "mainstream binary" makes it more ...
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Suggested reading list: OS exploits

In computer security, my areas of interest include x86 processors, binary exploitation and reverse engineering. I'm also interested in the certain aspects of the minix and the linux kernel(memory ...
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Does using many XML parsers (XDocument, XMLDocument) from the public Internet increase attack surface area?

I am coding an anonymous WCF service that allows others to post XML into it. Does using different kinds of XML parsers XDocument, XMLDocument, or even 3rd party parsers increase the attack surface ...