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CWE-386: Symbolic Name not Mapping to Correct Object

Weakness ID: 386
Abstraction: Base
Structure: Simple
Status: Draft
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+ Description
A constant symbolic reference to an object is used, even though the reference can resolve to a different object over time.
+ Relationships

The table(s) below shows the weaknesses and high level categories that are related to this weakness. These relationships are defined as ChildOf, ParentOf, MemberOf and give insight to similar items that may exist at higher and lower levels of abstraction. In addition, relationships such as PeerOf and CanAlsoBe are defined to show similar weaknesses that the user may want to explore.

+ Relevant to the view "Research Concepts" (CWE-1000)
ChildOfClassClass - a weakness that is described in a very abstract fashion, typically independent of any specific language or technology. More general than a Base weakness.706Use of Incorrectly-Resolved Name or Reference
PeerOfBaseBase - a weakness that is described in an abstract fashion, but with sufficient details to infer specific methods for detection and prevention. More general than a Variant weakness, but more specific than a Class weakness.367Time-of-check Time-of-use (TOCTOU) Race Condition
PeerOfVariantVariant - a weakness that is described at a very low level of detail, typically limited to a specific language or technology. More specific than a Base weakness.486Comparison of Classes by Name
PeerOfClassClass - a weakness that is described in a very abstract fashion, typically independent of any specific language or technology. More general than a Base weakness.610Externally Controlled Reference to a Resource in Another Sphere
+ Relevant to the view "Development Concepts" (CWE-699)
MemberOfCategoryCategory - a CWE entry that contains a set of other entries that share a common characteristic.3617PK - Time and State
+ Modes Of Introduction

The different Modes of Introduction provide information about how and when this weakness may be introduced. The Phase identifies a point in the software life cycle at which introduction may occur, while the Note provides a typical scenario related to introduction during the given phase.

Architecture and Design
+ Applicable Platforms
The listings below show possible areas for which the given weakness could appear. These may be for specific named Languages, Operating Systems, Architectures, Paradigms, Technologies, or a class of such platforms. The platform is listed along with how frequently the given weakness appears for that instance.


Class: Language-Independent (Undetermined Prevalence)

+ Common Consequences

The table below specifies different individual consequences associated with the weakness. The Scope identifies the application security area that is violated, while the Impact describes the negative technical impact that arises if an adversary succeeds in exploiting this weakness. The Likelihood provides information about how likely the specific consequence is expected to be seen relative to the other consequences in the list. For example, there may be high likelihood that a weakness will be exploited to achieve a certain impact, but a low likelihood that it will be exploited to achieve a different impact.

Access Control

Technical Impact: Gain Privileges or Assume Identity

The attacker can gain access to otherwise unauthorized resources.

Technical Impact: Modify Application Data; Modify Files or Directories; Read Application Data; Read Files or Directories; Other

Race conditions such as this kind may be employed to gain read or write access to resources not normally readable or writable by the user in question.

Technical Impact: Modify Application Data; Other

The resource in question, or other resources (through the corrupted one) may be changed in undesirable ways by a malicious user.

Technical Impact: Hide Activities

If a file or other resource is written in this method, as opposed to a valid way, logging of the activity may not occur.

Technical Impact: Modify Files or Directories

In some cases it may be possible to delete files that a malicious user might not otherwise have access to -- such as log files.
+ Memberships
This MemberOf Relationships table shows additional CWE Categories and Views that reference this weakness as a member. This information is often useful in understanding where a weakness fits within the context of external information sources.
MemberOfCategoryCategory - a CWE entry that contains a set of other entries that share a common characteristic.980SFP Secondary Cluster: Link in Resource Name Resolution
+ Taxonomy Mappings
Mapped Taxonomy NameNode IDFitMapped Node Name
CLASPSymbolic name not mapping to correct object
+ Content History
Submission DateSubmitterOrganization
Modification DateModifierOrganization
2008-07-01Eric DalciCigital
updated Time_of_Introduction
2008-09-08CWE Content TeamMITRE
updated Common_Consequences, Relationships, Taxonomy_Mappings
2011-06-01CWE Content TeamMITRE
updated Common_Consequences
2012-05-11CWE Content TeamMITRE
updated Relationships
2014-07-30CWE Content TeamMITRE
updated Relationships
2017-11-08CWE Content TeamMITRE
updated Applicable_Platforms

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