Improving C++ Builds with Split DWARF

Large- and medium-sized C++ projects often suffer from long build times. We can distinguish these two scenarios: Scratch build After pulling in the latest changes from upstream, or after a major refactoring that affects central headers, a lot of source files need to be rebuilt. This can take a long time. To a large extent this is caused by the … Read More

Hardening C/C++ Programs Part I – Stack Protector

When C, C++ and the Internet were conceived, they were mostly used by academics. Attacks on computer systems were rare, since there was not much incentive to it, so there did not have to be a focus on security and robustness. Nowadays these designs haunt us: The past two decades have uncovered a lot of security vulnerabilities in C/C++ programs, … Read More