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detect function calls with overlapping memory regions


memstomp [-dk] application [argument...]

memstomp -h


The memstomp utility identifies function calls that use overlapping memory regions in situations when such an overlap is not allowed by various standards. When a problem is detected, memstomp displays a backtrace to help you debug the problem, and if executed with the --debug-info command line option, it even uses the available debugging information. Since the backtrace code is not thread safe, memstomp also allows you to use the --kill option to immediately terminate the analyzed program when an invalid function call is detected.

This version of memstomp inspects the following function calls: memcpy(), memccpy(), mempcpy(), strcpy(), stpcpy(), strncpy(), stpncpy(), strcat(), strncat(), wmemcpy(), wmempcpy(), wcscpy(), wcsncpy(), wcscat(), and wcsncat().


-d,  --debug-info

Make use of debugging information to produce more detailed stack traces.

-k,  --kill

Kill the analyzed application when a problem is detected.

-h,  --help

Display usage information and exit.

-q,  --quiet

Be less verbose

See Also

memcpy(3), memccpy(3), mempcpy(3), strcpy(3), stpcpy(3), strncpy(3), stpncpy(3), strcat(3), strncat(3), wmemcpy(3), wmempcpy(3), wcscpy(3), wcsncpy(3), wcscat(3), wcsncat(3)


Lennart Poettering <>
William Cohen <>


09 April 2013 0.1.4