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CAPEC-129: Pointer Manipulation

 
Pointer Manipulation
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Attack Pattern ID: 129
Abstraction: Meta
Status: Draft
Completeness: Stub
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+ Summary

This attack pattern involves an adversary manipulating a pointer within a target application resulting in the application accessing an unintended memory location. This can result in the crashing of the application or, for certain pointer values, access to data that would not normally be possible or the execution of arbitrary code. Since pointers are simply integer variables, Integer Attacks may often be used in Pointer Attacks.

+ Attack Prerequisites
  • The target application must have a pointer variable that the attacker can influence to hold an arbitrary value.

+ Typical Severity

Medium

+ Resources Required

No special resources are required for most forms of this attack.

+ Content History
Submissions
SubmitterOrganizationDateSource
CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation2014-06-23Internal_CAPEC_Team
Modifications
ModifierOrganizationDateCommentsSource
CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation2017-01-09Updated Description Summary, Related_Attack_PatternsInternal
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2017-01-09Pointer Attack
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