A categorized survey on buffer overflow countermeasures

Jisha S., Diya Thomas, Sangeetha Jamal

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Buffer overflow vulnerability is a fundamental cause for most of the cyber attacks such as server breaking-in, worms, zombies, and botnets, since the attacker gets a capital control over a victim host. Many solutions to the buffer overflow attacks have been proposed in the last decade. However, on a routine basis new buffer overflow vulnerabilities are still discovered and reported. Since almost all existing solutions to the buffer overflow attack problem require significant
modification to the computing infrastructure in which network applications are developed or executed, and thus have met considerable resistance in actual deployment. This paper is aimed to provide a categorized survey for the existing
countermeasures to buffer overflow attack. A categorized survey is necessary in this field because researchers have proposed many software-based and hardware based countermeasures for buffer overflow exploits. These methods differ from one another in the strength of protection provided, the effects on performance, and the easiness of deployment. Finally, the paper compares the effectiveness, performance and limitations of the different category.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2068-2074
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Advanced Research in Computer and Communication Engineering
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Buffer overflow attack
  • Cyber security
  • Operating System
  • Computer Architecture


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