SEI CERT C Coding Standard - Guidelines 48. Miscellaneous (MSC)

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 Miscellaneous (MSC) section of the SEI CERT C Coding Standard.


Insufficient Entropy

The software uses an algorithm or scheme that produces insufficient entropy, leaving patterns or clusters of values that are more likely to occur than others.

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.

Use of a Broken or Risky Cryptographic Algorithm

The use of a broken or risky cryptographic algorithm is an unnecessary risk that may result in the exposure of sensitive information.

Use of Cryptographically Weak Pseudo-Random Number Generator (PRNG)

The product uses a Pseudo-Random Number Generator (PRNG) in a security context, but the PRNG's algorithm is not cryptographically strong.

Use of Insufficiently Random Values

The software uses insufficiently random numbers or values in a security context that depends on unpredictable numbers.

Use of Potentially Dangerous Function

The program invokes a potentially dangerous function that could introduce a vulnerability if it is used incorrectly, but the function can also be used safely.


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 48. Miscellaneous (MSC)

    The Software Engineering Institute

  2. SEI CERT C Coding Standard : Rec 48. Miscellaneous (MSC)

    The Software Engineering Institute

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