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Secure Coding Standards

March 2007 Article
James W. Moore (IBM Systems Integration Division), Robert C. Seacord

This CrossTalk article outlines efforts by the ISO/IEC and the CERT Division to develop secure coding practices for the C and C++ programming languages.


Inherent weaknesses in programming languages contribute to software vulnerabilities. Increasingly, organizations are producing standards to improve software security. In this CrossTalk article, James Moore and Robert Seacord provide an overview of current efforts to develop software security standards, and they describe two such efforts in detail.

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