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CWE-365: DEPRECATED: Race Condition in Switch

Weakness ID: 365
Abstraction: Base
Structure: Simple
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+ Description
This entry has been deprecated. There are no documented cases in which a switch's control expression is evaluated more than once.
+ Extended Description
It is likely that this entry was initially created based on a misinterpretation of the original source material. The original source intended to explain how switches could be unpredictable when using threads, if the control expressions used data or variables that could change between execution of different threads. That weakness is already covered by CWE-367. Despite the ambiguity in the documentation for some languages and compilers, in practice, they all evaluate the switch control expression only once. If future languages state that the code explicitly evaluates the control expression more than once, then this would not be a weakness, but the language performing as designed.
+ Vulnerability Mapping Notes

Usage: Prohibited

(this CWE ID must not be used to map to real-world vulnerabilities)

Reason: Deprecated


This CWE has been deprecated.


See description and name for possible suggestions of other CWEs to consider.
+ Content History
+ Submissions
Submission DateSubmitterOrganization
(CWE Draft 3, 2006-07-19)
+ Contributions
Contribution DateContributorOrganization
2022-03-31Yongchool Ryu, MathWorks; Roberto Bagnara, BUGSENG; Guido Persch, Imagix; John Blattner, Imagix; Paul Anderson, GrammaTech; Fulvio Baccaglini; John Viega; Robert Seacord; Members of the CWE-Research mailing list, including Jonathan Hood and Steve Grubb; Commenters on Twitter, including Patricia Aas, Myria, Richard Barrell, and others
Many members of the CWE community contributed important feedback supporting deprecation of this entry. The contribution date reflects the first public request for comment; much feedback was received both before and after that date.
+ Modifications
Modification DateModifierOrganization
2008-07-01Eric DalciCigital
updated Time_of_Introduction
2008-09-08CWE Content TeamMITRE
updated Applicable_Platforms, Common_Consequences, Relationships, Other_Notes, Taxonomy_Mappings
2008-11-24CWE Content TeamMITRE
updated Relationships, Taxonomy_Mappings
2010-09-27CWE Content TeamMITRE
updated Relationships
2011-06-01CWE Content TeamMITRE
updated Common_Consequences
2011-06-27CWE Content TeamMITRE
updated Common_Consequences
2012-05-11CWE Content TeamMITRE
updated Demonstrative_Examples, References, Relationships
2014-06-23CWE Content TeamMITRE
updated Common_Consequences, Description, Other_Notes, Potential_Mitigations
2014-07-30CWE Content TeamMITRE
updated Relationships, Taxonomy_Mappings
2017-11-08CWE Content TeamMITRE
updated Demonstrative_Examples
2019-01-03CWE Content TeamMITRE
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2020-02-24CWE Content TeamMITRE
updated Description, References, Relationships
2022-04-28CWE Content TeamMITRE
updated Applicable_Platforms, Common_Consequences, Demonstrative_Examples, Description, Likelihood_of_Exploit, Name, Potential_Mitigations, References, Relationships, Taxonomy_Mappings, Time_of_Introduction, Type
2023-06-29CWE Content TeamMITRE
updated Mapping_Notes
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