"Easily avoided software defects are a primary cause of commonly exploited software vulnerabilities. The CERT/CC has observed, through an analysis of thousands of vulnerability reports, that most vulnerabilities stem from a relatively small number of common programming errors. By identifying insecure coding practices and developing secure alternatives, software developers can take practical steps to reduce or eliminate vulnerabilities before deployment.
The CERT Secure Coding Initiative works with software developers and software development organizations to reduce vulnerabilities resulting from coding errors before they are deployed. We work to identify common programming errors that lead to software vulnerabilities, establish standard secure coding standards, educate software developers, and to advance the state of the practice in secure coding."