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CERT C++ Secure Coding Standard Training Course by Tonex

C Programming for Security Professionals Workshop

The “CERT C++ Secure Coding Standard” training course by Tonex provides comprehensive instruction on adhering to secure coding practices in C++. Developed by the CERT Division at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), this course is designed to equip software developers and engineers with the essential knowledge and skills required to write secure, robust, and maintainable C++ code. Through a combination of theoretical lectures, practical exercises, and real-world examples, participants will gain a deep understanding of the key principles, guidelines, and best practices outlined in the CERT C++ Secure Coding Standard. This course empowers professionals to mitigate common vulnerabilities and strengthen the security posture of C++ applications, thereby reducing the risk of exploitation and enhancing overall software reliability.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamental concepts of secure coding and its significance in C++ development.
  • Familiarize themselves with the principles and guidelines outlined in the CERT C++ Secure Coding Standard.
  • Identify common security vulnerabilities and risks associated with C++ programming.
  • Apply secure coding practices to mitigate vulnerabilities related to memory management, input/output operations, and other critical areas.
  • Utilize static analysis tools and code review techniques to identify and address security flaws in C++ codebases.
  • Implement defensive programming techniques to enhance the resilience of C++ applications against potential attacks.
  • Gain insights into best practices for handling sensitive data, error handling, and exception management in C++.
  • Learn strategies for integrating secure coding practices into the software development lifecycle (SDLC) effectively.
  • Explore real-world case studies and examples to reinforce understanding and practical application of secure coding principles in C++.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of security considerations specific to C++ development environments and frameworks.


This course is ideally suited for:

  • Software developers
  • C++ programmers
  • System architects
  • Security professionals
  • Quality assurance engineers
  • Technical leads
  • Anyone involved in the design, development, or maintenance of C++ applications seeking to enhance their knowledge and proficiency in secure coding practices.

Course Outlines:

Module 1: Introduction to Secure Coding in C++

  • Overview of Secure Coding Principles
  • Introduction to the CERT C++ Secure Coding Standard
  • Common Security Threats in C++ Applications
  • Importance of Secure Coding Practices
  • Secure Coding Guidelines and Best Practices
  • Integrating Security into the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC)

Module 2: Memory Management and Buffer Overflows

  • Memory Corruption Vulnerabilities
  • Buffer Overflows and Stack Smashing
  • Understanding Pointers and References
  • Secure Memory Allocation and Deallocation
  • Bounds Checking Techniques
  • Safe String Handling Functions

Module 3: Input Validation and Output Sanitization

  • Importance of Input Validation
  • Common Input Validation Vulnerabilities
  • Techniques for Input Validation
  • Output Sanitization Methods
  • Preventing Injection Attacks
  • Handling User Input Safely

Module 4: File I/O and Error Handling

  • File System Security Risks
  • Secure File Input and Output Operations
  • Proper Error Handling Practices
  • Exception Handling Strategies
  • Secure Logging and Error Reporting
  • Defensive Programming Techniques

Module 5: Cryptography and Secure Communications

  • Cryptographic Basics and Concepts
  • Secure Communication Protocols
  • Encryption and Decryption Techniques
  • Key Management Best Practices
  • Secure Hashing Algorithms
  • Protecting Data in Transit and at Rest

Module 6: Code Review and Static Analysis

  • Importance of Code Review in Security
  • Conducting Effective Code Reviews
  • Automated Static Analysis Tools
  • Identifying Security Vulnerabilities
  • Addressing Common Coding Mistakes
  • Continuous Integration and Code Quality Assurance

These outlines provide a structured approach to covering the essential topics related to secure coding in C++ and ensure comprehensive learning and understanding for participants.

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