August 29, 2001

Win XP slays buffer overflow bugs

Author: JT Smith

The Register: "Microsoft has eradicated buffer overflows with Windows XP, following a source code security audit,
group veep Jim Allchin claimed during a keynote at the Intel Developers Forum in San Jose.

A buffer overflow, which may cause a system or process to crash, happens when a program or
process attempts to store more data in a buffer than intended. This is very useful for hackers
because it enables them to create specially formatted malformed requests which will overflow a buffer
and leave their code at parts on the system where it might subsequently be executed."

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