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Jan 15 2013   4:28PM GMT

Word of the Day – stack overflow

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

“There are two main types of buffer overflow attacks: stack based and heap based. Heap-based attacks flood the memory space reserved for a program, but the difficulty involved with performing such an attack makes them rare. Stack-based buffer overflows are by far the most common.”Brien Posey

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is stack overflow, an undesirable condition in which a particular computer program tries to use more memory space than the call stack has available. In programming, the call stack is a buffer that stores requests that need to be handled.

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