C++ Accessing an out-of-bounds index


It is undefined behavior to access an index that is out of bounds for an array (or standard library container for that matter, as they are all implemented using a raw array):

 int array[] = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5};
 array[5] = 0;  // Undefined behavior

It is allowed to have a pointer pointing to the end of the array (in this case array + 5), you just can't dereference it, as it is not a valid element.

 const int *end = array + 5;  // Pointer to one past the last index
 for (int *p = array; p != end; ++p)
   // Do something with `p`

In general, you're not allowed to create an out-of-bounds pointer. A pointer must point to an element within the array, or one past the end.