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With all of the defensive coding and

2020-12-29 16:50:08.026205+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

With all of the defensive coding and comprehensive test coverage necessary to work in modern interpreted (or semi-interpreted, as in Objective-C) languages, the security "failures"/implications of C are really failures of the containing run-time environment.

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#Comment Re: With all of the defensive coding and made: 2020-12-30 02:07:26.84645+00 by: ebradway

How is this different from "It works on my machine"?

#Comment Re: With all of the defensive coding and made: 2020-12-30 19:06:16.810722+00 by: Dan Lyke

I think it's just an acknowledgement that interpreted languages are largely just a more complex run-time environment, and an off-loading of cognitive load for correctness from the compiler to the programmer because correctness isn't as "important".

#Comment Re: With all of the defensive coding and made: 2021-01-04 07:24:43.488666+00 by: spc476

C's failures are just two---the lack of automatic bounds checking for arrays, and the C Standard committee's insistence that 1's complement and sign-magnitude CPUs are still a thing (i.e. that signed overflow should never happen).

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