Stack Frames

A Look From Inside

Authors: Di Cataldo, Giuseppe

  • Uses a practical approach to clarify complex subjects
  • Suitable for anyone with a basic knowledge of computer systems
  • Ideally suited to use as a textbook for college courses
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About this book

Teaches you exactly how program memory content and organization is vital for computer security, especially Unix-like operating systems. You will learn how it is manipulated to take control of a computer system, as well as the countermeasures that system designers set up to avoid this. Neither a guide for hackers nor an all-out theory book, this book is ideal for anyone studying computer security who wants to learn by doing.

Using a practical approach, you will understand how stack frames relate to hardware and software theory and the various GNU/Linux distributions, before moving on to Base 2, 8 and 16 notations, executables and libraries. Lastly you will go in-depth to understand the intricacies of stack frames. A vital resource for all computer security students and enthusiasts, add Stack Frames: A Look Inside to your library today.

 

What You Will Learn

  •  In-depth knowledge on activation records of functions, and how this information can be used.

  • A better understanding on how conventions used by compilers work.

  • Clarify some concepts on libraries and their relationship with executable programs.

  • Get, or recall, technical skills using compilers, debuggers, and other tools.

 

Who This Book Is For

The book is suitable for college students with a good knowledge of the C language, who are interested in deepening their study of the content and organization of program memory, namely the activation records of functions, as regards possible implications in computer security. A basic knowledge of both the Assembly language and the UNIX operating system is certainly helpful, as well as some practice with compilers and debuggers; but they are not compulsory.




About the authors

Giuseppe Di Cataldo is a software programmer from Catania, Italy. After having studied civil engineering at Catania University, he worked as a civil engineer for many years, then as a programmer, writing software for engineers. This led him to learn programming languages (notably Fortran, Pascal, C, Assembly) as well as to work on both Unix workstations and common PCs equipped with GNU/Linux OSs.



Reviews

“I can recommend the book to anyone who wants to understand the structure of stack frames and the mechanisms that might be used to launch buffer-overflow attacks.” (G. K. Jenkins, Computing Reviews, June, 2017)


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eBook $24.99
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Softcover $34.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-4842-2180-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Stack Frames
Book Subtitle
A Look From Inside
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Apress
Copyright Holder
Giuseppe Di Cataldo
eBook ISBN
978-1-4842-2181-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4842-2181-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4842-2180-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 171
Number of Illustrations and Tables
61 illustrations in colour
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