Important notice about SecAppDev 2020

Due to the current situation with COVID-19 (Corona), with deep regret, we feel bound to postpone SecAppDev 2020 indefinitely. While there have been no official instructions to postpone events such as ours or reduce travel, both attendees and speakers have informed us that they are unable to attend SecAppDev.

We hope everyone in SecAppDev stays healthy, and wish everyone the best for the coming months.

SecAppDev 2020 Lecture Details

How Rust helps us make safer and more secure code

Jake Goulding
Tuesday March 10, 14:00 - 15:30
Short description

Rust promises to help us write better, safer code, but how exactly does it do so? Marketing can only convince us of so much. Join us to learn about the details for yourself.


We will dive into specific aspects of Rust that help make programs safer by default. Learn how Rust's lifetimes and borrowing semantics help prevent programming mistakes that are all-too-common in many prevalent low-level programming languages. See how these same techniques extend to thornier problems like multithreading. Rust is no silver bullet, so we will also discuss places it won't help, and we'll cover some well-known security issues and discuss whether Rust would have mitigated the problems.

Key takeaway

Programming in languages like C or C++ is fraught with peril, but we are no longer restricted by a handful of weak choices; we have better options.

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Target audience

Systems programmers who want a better language or higher-level programmers looking for performance.


Knowledge of languages like C or C++ and how they allow certain types of security vulnerabilities is useful but not required.

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Jake Goulding

Jake Goulding

Co-founder, Integer 32

Jake Goulding started his career writing performance-minded C code before pivoting to web applications in Ruby on Rails. He is a member of the Rust Infrastructure Team, maintainer of the Rust Playground, and manages several Rust crates in the areas of error handling, parsing, XML, hashing, and assembly intrinsics. He may be best known for being the number 1 contributor on the Rust tag on Stack Overflow.

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