An introduction to buffer overflow vulnerabilities

Friday, 15 April 2005, 10:03 AM EST

Buffer overflow vulnerabilities are one of the most common vulnerabilities. These kinds of vulnerabilities are perfect for remote access attacks because they give the attacker a great opportunity to launch and execute their attack code on the target computer. Broadly speaking, a buffer overflow attack occurs when the attacker intentionally enters more data than a program was written to handle. The data runs over and overflows the section of memory that was set aside to accept it. The extra data overwrites on top on another portion of memory that was meant to hold something else, like part of the program's instructions.

By Erica R. Thomas at Linux Security.

[ Read more ]




Spotlight

The security threat of unsanctioned file sharing

Posted on 31 October 2014.  |  Organisational leadership is failing to respond to the escalating risk of ungoverned file sharing practices among their employees, and employees routinely breach IT policies.


Weekly newsletter

Reading our newsletter every Monday will keep you up-to-date with security news.
  



Daily digest

Receive a daily digest of the latest security news.
  

DON'T
MISS

Fri, Oct 31st
    COPYRIGHT 1998-2014 BY HELP NET SECURITY.   // READ OUR PRIVACY POLICY // ABOUT US // ADVERTISE //