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lstrcpy function

Copies a string to a buffer.

Warning  Do not use. Consider using StringCchCopy instead. See Remarks.

Syntax


LPTSTR WINAPI lstrcpy(
  _Out_  LPTSTR lpString1,
  _In_   LPTSTR lpString2
);

Parameters

lpString1 [out]

Type: LPTSTR

A buffer to receive the contents of the string pointed to by the lpString2 parameter. The buffer must be large enough to contain the string, including the terminating null character.

lpString2 [in]

Type: LPTSTR

The null-terminated string to be copied.

Return value

Type: LPTSTR

If the function succeeds, the return value is a pointer to the buffer.

If the function fails, the return value is NULL and lpString1 may not be null-terminated.

Remarks

With a double-byte character set (DBCS) version of the system, this function can be used to copy a DBCS string.

The lstrcpy function has an undefined behavior if source and destination buffers overlap.

Security Remarks

Using this function incorrectly can compromise the security of your application. This function uses structured exception handling (SEH) to catch access violations and other errors. When this function catches SEH errors, it returns NULL without null-terminating the string and without notifying the caller of the error. The caller is not safe to assume that insufficient space is the error condition.

lpString1 must be large enough to hold lpString2 and the closing '\0', otherwise a buffer overrun may occur.

Buffer overflow situations are the cause of many security problems in applications and can cause a denial of service attack against the application if an access violation occurs. In the worst case, a buffer overrun may allow an attacker to inject executable code into your process, especially if lpString1 is a stack-based buffer.

Consider using StringCchCopy instead; use either StringCchCopy(buffer, sizeof(buffer)/sizeof(buffer[0]), src);, being aware that buffer must not be a pointer or use StringCchCopy(buffer, ARRAYSIZE(buffer), src);, being aware that, when copying to a pointer, the caller is responsible for passing in the size of the pointed-to memory in characters.

Requirements

Minimum supported client

Windows 2000 Professional [desktop apps only]

Minimum supported server

Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]

Header

Winbase.h (include Windows.h)

Library

Kernel32.lib

DLL

Kernel32.dll

Unicode and ANSI names

lstrcpyW (Unicode) and lstrcpyA (ANSI)

See also

Reference
StringCbCopy
StringCbCopyEx
StringCbCopyN
StringCbCopyNEx
StringCchCopy
StringCchCopyEx
StringCchCopyN
StringCchCopyNEx
lstrcmp
lstrcmpi
lstrlen
Conceptual
Strings

 

 

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