The error of use is because it is dangerous?


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Why is the `gets' function is dangerous? Why should not be used?

Just started a tutorial in socket programming. But I got this error after compiling with gcc. How to overcome this gets dangerous?

In function `main':
tcpserver.c:(.text+0x1f3): warning: the `gets' function is dangerous and should not be used.

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printf("\n  Your message (hit q or Q to quit): ");

gets() blindly writes data into the buffer you give it. It neither knows nor cares about the length of the buffer, making it a buffer overflow waiting to happen. If you can, use fgets() instead.

For (slightly) more on the dangers of gets, see the Linux gets/fgets manpage.