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Overeager Compilers Can Open Security Holes In Your Code 199 199

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-blame-the-schools dept.
jfruh writes: "Creators of compilers are in an arms race to improve performance. But according to a presentation at this week's annual USENIX conference, those performance boosts can undermine your code's security. For instance, a compiler might find a subroutine that checks a huge bound of memory beyond what's allocated to the program, decide it's an error, and eliminate it from the compiled machine code — even though it's a necessary defense against buffer overflow attacks."
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Overeager Compilers Can Open Security Holes In Your Code

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