Memory bugs in C and C++ code cause security issues so Microsoft is considering alternatives: Rust

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  1. mood

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    Memory bugs in C and C++ code cause security issues so Microsoft is considering alternatives: Rust
    July 18, 2019
    https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/...ysafe_languages_hints_at_move_from_c_to_rust/
    Microsoft: A proactive approach to more secure code
     
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    I think this is great news and very smart. I've been looking into Rust recently, and I think it is a very promising language that has done a lot of things right. I've been very impressed. Rust was originally designed and developed by some of the members of the Mozilla team. I think it really would greatly increase memory secure software design practices if the industry heavyweights such as Microsoft strongly embraced Rust.

    While Rust is not what I would call a simple language (unique concepts such as ownership and lifetime add some complexity that other languages attempt to hide or sweep under-the-rug); it is rather an easy language to get started with and start learning as it includes a convenient and straightforward build utility named cargo and has a public package repository called crates. It is also quite fast, one of the few languages actually competitive with and sometimes exceeding C in speed.

    [Aside: Sorry about the prior duplicate thread. I had searched on the keyword Rust and didn't find this news. I must have overlooked the obvious. I hope you don't mind me re-posting my personal commentary here.]
     
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    Designing a COM library for Rust
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    https://msrc-blog.microsoft.com/2019/10/08/designing-a-com-library-for-rust/
     
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    Using Rust in Windows
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    Microsoft: We're creating a new Rust-like programming language for secure coding
    Microsoft's Project Verona to be open-sourced soon
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    https://www.zdnet.com/article/micro...based-programming-language-for-secure-coding/
     
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