C/C++ Particularities

This course covers all of the C/C++ particularities a programmer needs to know to create secure programs using these languages.

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Course description

Explore the particularities and challenges of C/C++. This includes integer manipulation, use of local variables, use of dynamic memory, buffer overflow protection and string manipulation.

Course syllabus

Introduction to C/C++ ParticularitiesDuration: 1:26

Let's take a look at what is included in this course.

Integer ManipulationDuration: 30:00

How do computers store negative value? How large can integer values be? How do I compare signed and unsigned value, and what about avoiding overflow and underflow?

Local VariablesDuration: 32:10

In this video, you'll look at safely using local variables and how to avoid data leaks.

Memory ManagementDuration: 12:43

Is dynamically allocated memory initialized by default? How does heap randomization help to make programs more secure?

Buffer OverflowDuration: 34:24

What is a buffer overflow? How does a hacker can exploit buffer overflows, and how can we avoid this? Explore that and more in this video.

C StringsDuration: 32:17

What is a C string, and how do we safely use C string manipulation functions? What kind of security issues can cause C output formatting?

Security-Enhanced Version of CRT FunctionsDuration: 17:18

Take a look at the safe C API and how to use it on Windows and Linux.

C++ StringsDuration: 3:46

Explore C++ strings and the relative safety of different string classes.

Meet the author

Martin Dubois


Martin Dubois obtained a degree in computer engineering from Laval University, Québec City, in 1993. He worked in many high-tech start-ups as software developer and software development leader. He mainly developed in C and C++, creating embedded software and device drivers for Windows and Linux. In 2000, he became a freelancer. He helps clients to develop safe, functional and efficient software systems. In addition to developing in C and C++, he provides expert corporate training about device driver development and other related subjects.

Martin is deeply interested in computer security. He never misses the Québec City Hackfest event and even presented subjects twice. He is also a part-time lecturer at colleges and universities, where he teaches computer science, programming and network security.

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