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SearchOpenSource: Securing Linux Applications with Compiler Extensions

Jan 23, 2006, 10:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Justin Korelc, Ed Tittel)

[ Thanks to Jan Stafford for this link. ]

"In-depth defense is a cardinal rule whenever implementing a secure IT framework. This is especially true of environments that operate largely dependent upon applications written using programming languages known not to be type-safe (such as C). A buggy application- under the right conditions and with the correct permissions--can be leveraged to an attacker's advantage and raises the specter of system-wide compromise.

"Buffer overflow proofs of concept are produced with routine regularity, demonstrating how easy it can be to leverage unsafe coding practices into successful attacks and system takeovers..."

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