Learning Path

Writing Secure Code in C++

Learn to improve your ability to write secure code in C and C++.

What you will learn

Explore the C and C++ languages. Look at the specificity of the C/C++ languages and how this impacts security, ways C/C++ can interact with the external world, error handling, the execution environment and much more.

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Secure C/C++

Course — 00:12:48

K0009, K0016, K0068, K0070

This course is the introduction to the learning path. It presents the teacher, the tools and the content of the courses and explains why secure C/C++ is important.

C/C++ Particularities

Course — 02:44:04

K0009, K0016, K0068, K0070, K0372, K0396

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

Interacting with the World

Course — 02:15:22

K0009, K0016, K0068, K0140, K0396

This course describes many ways a program can interact with the world.

Error Handling

Course — 00:42:55

K0009, K0016, K0068, K0140, K0229, K0396

This course describes what to do and what not to do when an error occurs.

Random Number Generation

Course — 00:20:34

K0009, K0016, K0068, K0140, K0396

This course explains why good random number generation is important when developing software and explores the functions provided for it. It also shows how the functions, the C library provides for that, are flawed. And then, it describes better way to generate random numbers.


Course — 00:29:14

K0009, K0016, K0068, K0140, K0396

Some programs have “superpowers,” and programming them requires special attention.

Driver Development

Course — 00:43:03

K0009, K0016, K0068, K0140, K0396, K0608

Device drivers, as operating systems, are written in C. When applications interact directly with them, they become the kernel’s last line of defense.

Writing Secure Code in C++ Skill Assessment

Assessment — 35 questions — 00:17:30

C++ – Buffer Overflows

Lab — 00:14:00

Buffer overflows are one of the simplest and most common programming errors in C++ code. This lab demonstrates several ways that a buffer overflow vulnerability can be introduced into code, how they can be exploited, and how to correct them.

C++ – Integer Overflows and Underflows

Lab — 00:13:00

Integer overflow and underflow vulnerabilities are created by unsafe typecasting between different integer variable types. This lab demonstrates code containing these vulnerabilities, how the vulnerabilities can be exploited, and how to correct them.

C++ – Format String Vulnerabilities

Lab — 00:13:00

Format string specifiers are useful for building strings using variables of other types. However, if they are misused, they can have unexpected results or open up a program to exploitation. This lab demonstrates some common format string mistakes, and, when applicable, how they can be exploited.

C++ – Poor Error Handling

Lab — 00:14:00

A variety of different factors can cause low-level functions and other code to fail. This lab demonstrates some ways in which errors in error handling can make code execution unpredictable or exploitable.

Secure Coding – C/C++

Lab — 00:30:00

This lab covers multiple secure coding errors commonly found in C and C++, including buffer overruns, strcpy(), gets(), and the system() function.

C++ – Introduction to cppcheck

Lab — 00:14:00

cppcheck is a static code analysis tool for C++ code that tests for a wide number of potential vulnerabilities and other errors. This lab demonstrates some of the basic functionality and use of cppcheck.

Meet the author

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 has been a part-time lecturer at colleges and university for over 15 years, where he did teach computer science, programming, and network security.

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