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C/C++ language variadic functions are functions that accept a variable number of arguments. Variadic functions are implemented using either the ANSI C stdarg approach or, historically, the UNIX System V vararg approach. Both approaches require that the contract between the developer and user of the variadic function not be violated by the user. Many of the formatted I/O functions in the ISO/IEC 9899:1999 C language standard (C99) such as printf() and scanf() are defined as variadic functions (including formatted output functions that operate on a multibyte characters [e.g., ASCII] and wide characters [e.g., UNICODE]). These functions accept a fixed format string argument that specifies, among other things, the number and type of arguments that are expected. If the contents of the format string are incorrect (by error or by malicious intent), the resulting behavior o... (more)