SEI CERT C Coding Standard - Guidelines 06. Arrays (ARR)

A category in the Common Weakness Enumeration published by The MITRE Corporation.


Categories in the Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE) group entries based on some common characteristic or attribute.

Weaknesses in this category are related to the rules and recommendations in the Arrays (ARR) section of the SEI CERT C Coding Standard.


Access of Memory Location Before Start of Buffer

The software reads or writes to a buffer using an index or pointer that references a memory location prior to the beginning of the buffer.

Buffer Access with Incorrect Length Value

The software uses a sequential operation to read or write a buffer, but it uses an incorrect length value that causes it to access memory that is outside of the bounds...

Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer

The software performs operations on a memory buffer, but it can read from or write to a memory location that is outside of the intended boundary of the buffer.

Improper Validation of Array Index

The product uses untrusted input when calculating or using an array index, but the product does not validate or incorrectly validates the index to ensure the index ref...

Incorrect Pointer Scaling

In C and C++, one may often accidentally refer to the wrong memory due to the semantics of when math operations are implicitly scaled.

Out-of-bounds Read

The software reads data past the end, or before the beginning, of the intended buffer.

Reliance on Undefined, Unspecified, or Implementation-Defined Behavior

The software uses an API function, data structure, or other entity in a way that relies on properties that are not always guaranteed to hold for that entity.

Stack-based Buffer Overflow

A stack-based buffer overflow condition is a condition where the buffer being overwritten is allocated on the stack (i.e., is a local variable or, rarely, a parameter ...

Use of Pointer Subtraction to Determine Size

The application subtracts one pointer from another in order to determine size, but this calculation can be incorrect if the pointers do not exist in the same memory ch...

Write-what-where Condition

Any condition where the attacker has the ability to write an arbitrary value to an arbitrary location, often as the result of a buffer overflow.


Weaknesses Addressed by the SEI CERT C Coding Standard

CWE entries in this view (graph) are fully or partially eliminated by following the guidance presented in the online wiki that reflects that current rules and recommen...

See Also

  1. SEI CERT C Coding Standard : Rule 06. Arrays (ARR)

    The Software Engineering Institute

  2. SEI CERT C Coding Standard : Rec 06. Arrays (ARR)

    The Software Engineering Institute

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