Pointer Attack
Attack Pattern ID: 129 (Standard Attack Pattern Completeness: Stub)Typical Severity: MediumStatus: Draft
+ Description


This attack involves an attacker 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.

+ Resources Required

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

+ Related Weaknesses
CWE-IDWeakness NameWeakness Relationship Type
682Incorrect CalculationTargeted
+ Related Attack Patterns
NatureTypeIDNameDescriptionView(s) this relationship pertains toView\(s\)
ChildOfCategoryCategory255Data Structure Attacks 
Mechanism of Attack (primary)1000