By Michael Howard

Get the definitive consultant to writing more-secure code for home windows Vista—from the authors of the award-winning Writing safe Code, Michael Howard and David LeBlanc. This reference is perfect for builders who comprehend the basics of home windows programming and APIs. It enhances Writing safe Code, reading the delta among home windows XP and home windows Vista safety. You get first-hand insights into layout judgements, classes discovered from home windows Vista improvement, and sensible suggestion for fixing real-world defense issues.

Discover how to:

  • Develop functions to run with no administrator privileges
  • Apply most sensible practices for utilizing integrity controls
  • Help guard your functions with ASLR, NX, and SafeSEH
  • Evaluate authentication, authorization, and cryptography improvements in home windows Vista
  • Write prone that limit privileges and tokens—and circumvent universal problems
  • Learn how home windows net Explorer 7 defenses and new safety features impact your improvement efforts

PLUS—Get Microsoft visible C#, visible C++, and C code samples at the Web

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You can invoke the PREfast engine through the /analyze compiler switch. Application Verifier was used to verify native applications at run time, and we used FXCop for managed code to verify compliance with SDL requirements. At a minimum, for native code written in C or C++, you should triage all buffer overrun– and integer overflow–related warnings regardless of which compiler and static analysis tools you use. Additionally, there are compiler warnings that aren’t enabled until you compile at warning level 4.

The rest of this chapter focuses on the Windows Vista security quality requirements in detail. All C/C++ String Buffers Annotated with SAL The goal of the Standard Annotation Language (SAL) is to enable programmers to explicitly state the contracts between implementations (callees) and clients (callers) that are implicit in the C and C++ source code. The main benefit of SAL is that you can find more code bugs with some upfront work. We have found that the process of adding SAL annotations to existing code can also find bugs as the developer questions the assumptions previously made about how the function being annotated works.

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