Breaking C++ Applications presented at BlackHatDC 2007

by Neel Mehta, Mark Dowd, John Mcdonald,


Summary : This presentation addresses the stated problem by focusing specifically on C++-based security, and outlines types of vulnerabilities that can exist in C++ applications. It will examine not only the base language, but also covers APIs and auxillary functionality provided by common platforms, primarily the contemporary Windows OSs. The topics that will be addressed in this presentation include object initialization/destruction, handling object arrays, implications of operator overloading, and problems arising from implementing exception handling functionality. Various STL classes will also be discussed in terms of how they might be susceptible to misuse, and unexpected quirks that can manifest as security problems. This presentation will include discussion of bug classes that have yet to be discussed or exploited in a public forum (to our knowledge) for the topic areas outlined.