Efficient array & pointer bound checking against buffer overflow attacks via hardware/software

Z. Shao, C. Xue, Q. Zhuge, E. Sha, Bin Xiao

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Buffer overflow attacks cause serious security problems. Array & pointer bound checking is one of the most effective approaches for defending against buffer overflow attacks when source code is available. However; original array & pointer bound checking causes too much overhead since it is designed to catch memory errors and it puts too many checks. In this paper, we propose an efficient array & pointer bound checking strategy to defend against buffer overflow attacks. In our strategy, only the bounds of write operations are checked. We discuss the optimization strategy via hardware/software and conduct experiments. The experimental results show that our strategy can greatly reduce the overhead of array & pointer bound checking. Our conclusion is that based on our strategy, array & pointer bound checking can be a practical solution for defending systems against buffer overflow attacks with tolerable overhead.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Information Technology: Coding and Computing, 2005 : ITCC 2005, 4-6 April 2005
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0769523153
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventInternational Conference on Information Technology, Coding and Computing [ITCC] -
Duration: 1 Jan 2005 → …


ConferenceInternational Conference on Information Technology, Coding and Computing [ITCC]
Period1/01/05 → …


  • Buffer storage
  • Optimising compilers
  • Security of data

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