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Avoiding Defects in C Programming

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Computer security specialist Robert Seacord

Robert Seacord is a computer security specialist and author of Effective C, The CERT C Coding Standard, and Secure Coding in C and C++.

In an interview, Seacord discusses the top five security issues and the tools and techniques programmers can use to write secure code in C.

Topics include C standards, strings, arrays of chars, null pointers, buffer overflows, memory leaks, corrupt memory, bad inputs, dangling pointers, the stack, the heap, memory allocators, data structures, enum surprises, Annex K secure function options, static and dynamic analysis tools, good IDEs, MISRA C, CERT C, and writing C programs correctly to begin with rather than relying on trial and error techniques.

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