thought some of you may find this editorial from the May 04 ACM Queue worth a read. ACM Queue is an interesting magazine and has a website at acmqueue.org.
Buffer Overrun Madness ACM Queue vol. 2, no. 3 - May 2004 by Rodney Bates, Wichita State University Why do good programmers follow bad practices? In January 2003, the Slammer worm was reported to be the fastest spreading ever. Slammer gets access by exploiting a buffer overrun. If you peruse CERT (Computer Emergency Readiness Team) advisories or security upgrade releases, you will see that the majority of computer security holes are buffer overruns. These would be minor irritations but for the world's addiction to the weakly typed programming languages C and its derivative C++. .... ________ jose nazario, ph.d. [EMAIL PROTECTED] http://monkey.org/~jose/ http://infosecdaily.net/