STRCPY(3) Linux Programmer's Manual STRCPY(3)
strcpy, strncpy - copy a string
char *strcpy(char *dest, const char *src);
char *strncpy(char *dest, const char *src, size_t n);
The strcpy() function copies the string pointed to by src (including the terminating `\0'
character) to the array pointed to by dest. The strings may not overlap, and the destina-
tion string dest must be large enough to receive the copy.
The strncpy() function is similar, except that not more than n bytes of src are copied.
Thus, if there is no null byte among the first n bytes of src, the result will not be
In the case where the length of src is less than that of n, the remainder of dest will be
padded with nulls.
The strcpy() and strncpy() functions return a pointer to the destination string dest.
If the destination string of a strcpy() is not large enough (that is, if the programmer
was stupid/lazy, and failed to check the size before copying) then anything might happen.
Overflowing fixed length strings is a favourite cracker technique.
SVID 3, POSIX, BSD 4.3, ISO 9899
bcopy(3), memccpy(3), memcpy(3), memmove(3)
GNU 1993-04-11 STRCPY(3)