Survey of Protections from Buffer-Overflow Attacks


  • Krerk Piromsopa Chulalongkorn University
  • Richard J. Enbody Michigan State University



Security, buffer overflow.


Buffer-overflow attacks began two decades ago and persist today. Over that time, many solutions to provide protection from buffer-overflow attacks have been proposed by a number of researchers. They all aim to either prevent or protect against buffer-overflow attacks. As defenses improved, attacks adapted and became more sophisticated. Given the maturity of field and the fact that some solutions now exist that can prevent most buffer-overflow attacks, we believe it is time to survey these schemes and examine their critical issues. As part of this survey, we have grouped approaches into three board categories to provide a basis for understanding buffer-overflow protection schemes.


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Author Biographies

Krerk Piromsopa

Richard J. Enbody

Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1226, USA


Published In
Vol 15 No 2, Feb 24, 2011
How to Cite
K. Piromsopa and R. J. Enbody, “Survey of Protections from Buffer-Overflow Attacks”, Eng. J., vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 31-52, Feb. 2011.

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