Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer
Buffer overflow in the POSIX Threads library (libpthread) on HP Tru64 UNIX 4.0F PK8, 4.0G PK4, and 5.1A PK6 allows local users to gain root privileges via a long PTHREAD_CONFIG environment variable.
CWE-119 - Buffer Overflow
Buffer overflow attacks involve data transit and operations exceeding the restricted memory buffer, thereby corrupting or overwriting data in adjacent memory locations. Such overflow allows the attacker to run arbitrary code or manipulate the existing code to cause privilege escalation, data breach, denial of service, system crash and even complete system compromise. Given that languages such as C and C++ lack default safeguards against overwriting or accessing data in their memory, applications utilizing these languages are most susceptible to buffer overflows attacks.