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Buffer-overflow vulnerabilities that a static code analyser won't pick up [closed]

I'll use FlawFinder in this example. FlawFinder is a static code "analyser" tool that examines C/C++ source files and outputs warnings/hits if a vulnerability was identified. The way it does this is ...
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On concatenating adjacent string literals

C and C++ compiles adjacent string literals as a single string literal. For example this: "Some text..." "and more text" is equivalent to: "Some text...and more text" In other languages like C# ...
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Uniqueness of for loop [closed]

How does the for loop function is implemented so that it can accept ; as parameter separator rather than , which is trivial in normal functions.
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Are C static libraries frowned upon? [closed]

There are 2 arguments for having shared libraries: It helps reduce disk space. When a shared library is updated, all the binaries depending on it get the update. There is mainly one drawback for ...
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Why did GCC switch from Bison to a recursive descent parser for C++ and C?

Was there a language change that required it or some practical reason why Bison was no longer appropriate or optimal? I saw on wikipedia that they switched, referring to the GCC 3.4 and GCC 4.1 ...
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In which stage of compilation is “typedef” resolved by the compiler?

There are different stages of compilation Such as Preprocessing stage Syntax analysis Semantic analysis Intermediate Code generation Machine Code generation Optimization Linking My question here ...
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Why do we need to include the .h while everything works when including only the .cpp file?

Why do we need to include both the .h and .cpp files , while we can make it works with making just a .cpp file and then including it . For example, Creating a file.h containing declarations, then ...
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gcc -S seems a bit misshapen with shifting and ANDing bits

Example: int c = 4; int p = 5; if (p & (1 << c)) printf("ok\n"); else printf("nop\n"); gcc -S: movl -4(%rbp), %eax /* eax holds the variable c */ movl -8(%rbp), %edx /* ...
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Why does void in C mean not void?

In strongly-typed languages like Java and C#, void (or Void) as a return type for a method seem to mean: This method doesn't return anything. Nothing. No return. You will not receive anything from ...
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How to fix legacy code that uses <string.h> unsafely?

We've got a bunch of legacy code, written in straight C (some of which is K&R!), which for many, many years has been compiled using Visual C 6.0 (circa 1998) on an XP machine. We realize this is ...
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Why does the instruction “do” require a “while”? [closed]

Since this statement is so common: while (true) (Java) or while (1) (C) or sometimes for (;;) Why is there not a single instruction for this? I could think that an instruction that could do it ...
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Macro guard in Objective-C

I have noticed that many famous libraries written in Objective-C (eg. AFNetworking) use the macro guard inside their header files. Im aware that the #import directive, which works exactly like ...
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What are steps in making an operating system in C ? [duplicate]

I am trying to make an my own OS. This is for educational purpose only, so that I get to understand the internals as well as get a good idea of low level programming. I have some prior application ...
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Why do operating systems do low level stuff in C and C++? Why not just C++?

On the Wikipedia page for Windows, it states the Windows is written in Assembly for the bootloader and task switcher, and C and C++ for kernel routines. IIRC, you can call C++ functions from an ...
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comparison of an unsigned variable to 0

When I execute the following loop : unsigned m; for( m = 10; m >= 0; --m ){ printf("%d\n",m); } the loop doesn't stop at m==0, it keeps executing interminably, so I thought that ...
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Why does C dominate in the embedded software market? [closed]

Almost everyone will now say the blessing: performance! Okay, C does allow to write athletic code. But there are other languages that can do so, after all! And the optimising power of modern ...
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Is goto to improve DRY-ness OK? [duplicate]

My code has many checks to detect errors in various cases (many conditions would result in the same error), inside a function returning an error struct. Instead of looking like this: err_struct ...
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Why are packed structures not part of the C language?

Every C compiler offers the option to "pack" C structures (e.g. __attribute__ ((__packed__)), or #pragma pack()). Now, we all know that packing is required, if we'd like to send or store data in a ...
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More Accurate Random in C [closed]

I have 3 IPs and every IP has a weight, I want to return the IP's according to its weights using the random function. For example if we have 3 IP's X with weight 3 Y with weight 3 and Z with weight ...
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Calculate Pi to N number of places [closed]

I am trying to work out how to calculate Pi to N decimal places, I think the default DP's for a float/double is 5 and then you have setprecision() however these are obviously inadequate, I need ...
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How to store satellite data in C data structutres

I've been reading through Introduction To Algorithms 3rd Ed, and am really enjoying the material; however, I am having difficulty in implementing some practical situations. It's not the theory, or ...
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Reconstructing a huffman tree using minimal information in the header

I'm writing a huffman encoding program in C. I'm trying to include the least amount of information in the header as possible, I know the simplest way to decompress the file in the header would be to ...
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C/C++: Which conversion warnings make sense in practice?

C/C++ implicit conversions can cause bugs. Here's one example: int foo, bar; scanf("%d", &foo); scanf("%d", &bar); float foobar = foo / bar; If I input 7 and 2, it's not 3.5 as expected - ...
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C programming practice, passing a pointer to a function [closed]

Consider the following C function which takes as argument a string, which is then stored inside a struct: struct mystruct* usestring(char* string) { struct mystruct *struct; struct = ...
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Why do we have postfix increment?

Disclaimer: I know perfectly well the semantics of prefix and postfix increment. So please don't explain to me how they work. Reading questions on stack overflow, I cannot help but notice that ...
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Implementing a simple controller in embedded C

Is there a known method or pattern to implement a simple controller for an MVC design in pure C or the switch case approach is the standard? Background : I have an embedded application and I'm ...
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boolean operations in C using bitfields

I am trying to implement boolean data type in C. Basically, I am working with sets. The following code can be used to access each bit but I am unsure whether I can represent sets using this method. ...
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Omitting “destructors” in C is taking YAGNI too far?

I'm working on a medium embedded application in C using OO-like techniques. My "classes" are .h/.c modules using data structs and function pointers structs to emulate encapsulation, polymorphism, and ...
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Is there a canonical book on C Programming in GNU/Linux? [closed]

I am looking for a good ebook (or two) for learning the C programming language, specifically programming in a GNU/Linux environment. I'm not a beginner programmer, but I have almost no experience in ...
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Processor architectures for testing C/C++ portability

Currently I'm working on a C/C++ code-base which is fairly portable, it can compile on most Unix like systems as well as MS-Windows (MSVC), using various popular compilers. Previously I've found ...
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What is this boolean law?

A friend of mine has shown sometime ago the name of the below boolean technique/law but I forget that name unfortunately. Does someone know what it's called? example in C language: !(a || b) It's ...
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Reading assembly useful for insights when writing C/C++? [closed]

While in most cases its not necessarily, recently I have taken to reading the generated assembly of my C code every so often, when I'm curious as to the kinds of optimizations my compiler is making. ...
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Why Increment Pointers?

I just recently started learning C++, and as most people (according to what I have been reading) I'm struggling with pointers. Not in the traditional sense, I understand what they are, and why they ...
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When is the register keyword actually useful in C?

I am confused about the use of register keyword in C. It is generally told that its use isn't needed like in this question on stackoverflow. Is this keyword totally redundant in C due to modern ...
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Is there a stricter strtoull() in any ubiquitous C library?

I want a function that will interpret a string as a strictly unsigned integer, failing when the string overflows, represents a negative number, or does not represent a number. strtoull() does set ...
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Scoping recommendations while developing in C

While developing a library using C, what are your recommendations about variable and function scoping? In C++, OOP and namespaces made the whole thing a lot easier. But how to do that with plain C? ...
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What should I do and know before I start writing C? [closed]

I have a college degree in CS, and learned about Java and OCaml. Java was used as introduction, and in most CS classed, except the theoretical ones. OCaml was part of learning a different programming ...
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Implementing keyword “const” [closed]

A constant pointer is a pointer which points to a fixed memory location throughout.The question is how do you ensure that this behavior is ensured without using the keyword constant while declaring ...
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Why do binary files load quicker than alphanumeric text files?

I've noticed that when I load/store large data files in a binary format, the program runs much faster than if I load data from an ASCII encoded file. Why is this the case? The data in my case is ...
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Which is the more testable C function implementation?

I write code in C. I have been striving to write more testable code but I am a little confused on deciding between writing pure functions that are really good for testing but require smaller functions ...
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When I test out the difference in time between shifting and multiplying in C, there is no difference. Why?

I have been taught that shifting in binary is much more efficient than multiplying by 2^k. So I wanted to experiment, and I used the following code to test this out: #include <time.h> #include ...
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Static vs. non-static? (with non-OOP functions)

Although this question has come up before, mine is different because it is not supposed to cover anything OOP but only plain (ANSI) C. Especially in open-source software, I usually encounter a ...
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Handling leaves in tree-based menus

Tl;Dr Given a language with no polymorphism how to you elegantly modify the behavior of a leaf in a tree data structure. Context I'm programming an application in C for a microcontroller and I'm ...
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What is the underlying mechanism behind va_list and where is it defined?

http://www.cplusplus.com/reference/cstdarg/va_list/ According to the above link, va_list is an argument or parameter used in some macros - va_start, va_arg, va_end. These macros are present in the ...
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Parsing mathematical expressions with two values that have parentheses and minus signs

I'm trying to parse equations like the ones below, which only have two values or the square root of a certain value, from a text file: 100+100 -100-100 -(100)+(-100) sqrt(100) by the minus ...
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Why can't C arrays have 0 length?

The C11 standard says the arrays, both sized and variable length "shall have a value greater than zero." What is the justification for not allowing a length of 0? Especially for variable length ...
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Implementing a priority queue with a circular array

[If this fits more to stackoverflow then transfer it there please.] Hi, I'm trying to implement a priority queue in C. The easiest way I found to do it is with a circular array (rather than using a ...
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Why would I learn C++11, having known C and C++? [closed]

I am a programmer in C and C++, although I don't stick to either language and write a mixture of the two. Sometimes having code in classes, possibly with operator overloading, or templates and the oh ...
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Defining property and find substitution for copy function of python in cython

I want to cythonize a code in python to speed up the code. In the following you can see my attempt to make my python class understandable for cython: import numpy as np cimport numpy as np ctypedef ...
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Pointer indexing

I am currently reading a book titled "Numerical Recipes in C". In this book, the author details how certain algorithms inherently work better if we had indices starting with 1 (I don't entirely follow ...