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SEI CERT C and C++ Coding Standards

The CERT Secure Coding Team describes the root causes of common software vulnerabilities, how they can be exploited, the potential consequences, and secure alternatives.

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We coordinate developing secure coding standards by working with researchers, language experts, and software developers in the Secure Coding Wiki. More than 1,900 contributors and reviewers develop rules and recommendations for C, C++, Java, and Perl. 

We publish standards resulting from our work on the wiki. The 2016 editions of the SEI CERT C Coding Standard and SEI CERT C++ Coding Standard—listed below—identify the root causes of today's most widespread software vulnerabilities, show how they can be exploited, review the potential consequences, and present secure alternatives.

These standards complement the Secure Coding in C and C++ Professional Certificate Program, which helps you increase the security of your software and reduce vulnerabilities in the programs you develop.

Both standards can help you develop more secure software systems written in C and C++. These online downloads are available for free to promote the adoption of secure coding standards for C and C++.

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