Buffer overflow errors

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    Buffer overflow errors

    I have heard plenty about buffer overflow errors: that they can allow malicious code to be run on a machine; however, I cannot find why or how it does this. What exactly happens during a buffer overflow, and how does it allow someone to run their code on a machine?

    This is C related as I hear C has alot of problems with this, and I was wondering how to make sure you do not leave room for a buffer overflow error in your code.

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    >What exactly happens during a buffer overflow, and how does it allow someone to run their code on a machine?
    http://www.networkmagazine.com/article/NMG20000511S0015

    >how to make sure you do not leave room for a buffer overflow error
    Know what can cause it and avoid those constructs.
    My best code is written with the delete key.

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