• Online, Self-Paced
Course Description

NULL pointer dereference issues can occur through a number of flaws, including race conditions and simple programming omissions. This course introduces ways to identify and mitigate this security weakness, referenced as CWE-476 by the 2020 CWE Top 25.

Learning Objectives

On successful completion of this course, learners should have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Use a vetted library or framework (such as SafeStr) that does not allow this weakness to occur
  • Use a vetted library or framework that provides constructs to make this weakness easier to avoid
  • Double check that your buffer is as large as you specify
  • Check buffer boundaries when accessing the buffer in a loop to ensure that you are not in danger of writing past the allocated space

Framework Connections

The materials within this course focus on the NICE Framework Task, Knowledge, and Skill statements identified within the indicated NICE Framework component(s):

Specialty Areas

  • Risk Management
  • Software Development