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CWE-496: Public Data Assigned to Private Array-Typed Field

Weakness ID: 496
Abstraction: Variant
Status: Incomplete
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+ Description

Description Summary

Assigning public data to a private array is equivalent to giving public access to the array.
+ Time of Introduction
  • Implementation
+ Applicable Platforms






+ Common Consequences

Technical Impact: Modify application data

The contents of the array can be modified from outside the intended scope.

+ Demonstrative Examples

Example 1

In the example below, the setRoles() method assigns a publically-controllable array to a private field, thus allowing the caller to modify the private array directly by virtue of the fact that arrays in Java are mutable.

(Bad Code)
Example Language: Java 
private String[] userRoles;
public void setUserRoles(String[] userRoles) {
this.userRoles = userRoles;
+ Potential Mitigations

Phase: Implementation

Do not allow objects to modify private members of a class.

+ Relationships
NatureTypeIDNameView(s) this relationship pertains toView(s)
ChildOfWeakness ClassWeakness Class485Insufficient Encapsulation
Development Concepts (primary)699
Seven Pernicious Kingdoms (primary)700
Research Concepts (primary)1000
ChildOfCategoryCategory994SFP Secondary Cluster: Tainted Input to Variable
Software Fault Pattern (SFP) Clusters (primary)888
MemberOfViewView884CWE Cross-section
CWE Cross-section (primary)884
+ Taxonomy Mappings
Mapped Taxonomy NameNode IDFitMapped Node Name
7 Pernicious KingdomsPublic Data Assigned to Private Array-Typed Field
Software Fault PatternsSFP25Tainted input to variable
+ White Box Definitions

A weakness where code path has a statement that assigns a data item to a private array field and the data item is public

+ Content History
Submission DateSubmitterOrganizationSource
7 Pernicious KingdomsExternally Mined
Modification DateModifierOrganizationSource
2008-07-01Sean EidemillerCigitalExternal
added/updated demonstrative examples
2008-07-01Eric DalciCigitalExternal
updated Time_of_Introduction
2008-08-01KDM AnalyticsExternal
added/updated white box definitions
2008-09-08CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Applicable_Platforms, Relationships, Taxonomy_Mappings
2011-06-01CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Common_Consequences
2012-05-11CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Common_Consequences, Relationships
2012-10-30CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Potential_Mitigations
2014-07-30CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Relationships, Taxonomy_Mappings

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