Blog Posts Tagged with "Secure Coding"

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Broken Logic: Avoiding the Test Site Fallacy

July 25, 2012 Added by:Fergal Glynn

Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST) tool vendors demonstrate their tools by allowing prospects to scan test sites so they can see how the scanner works and the reports generated. We should not gage the effectiveness of a scanner by only looking at the results from scanning these public test sites...

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Deploying Code Faster as a Security Feature?

July 24, 2012 Added by:Rafal Los

What if deploying faster is actually a security feature? I can empathize with the frustration many security professionals feel when they find a critical issue in an application only to be told that the patch will be rushed in about 3 months. I'd certainly love to hear that the update will be shipped this afternoon...

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Software Security Assurance: Figuring Out the Developers

July 18, 2012 Added by:Rafal Los

From organizations that don't care about the security of their applications to to those that follow "best practices", to those that never stop spending money and trying to improve - they all have one thing in common: They've experienced a security incident of varying levels of calamity...

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Security Mistakes You Will Make on Your Next Cloud Project

July 18, 2012 Added by:Danny Lieberman

The Cloud Security Control model looks great, but it doesn’t mitigate core vulnerabilities in your software. Once you choose the right service model and vendor, put aside the security reference models and focus on hardening your application software. It’s your code that will be running in someone else's cloud...

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Web Application Firewalls: There is No Spoon

July 12, 2012 Added by:Wendy Nather

I agree that some apps can't be remediated in a short time span, others can't ever be fixed, and so on - for those exigencies a WAF is better than nothing. However, I would caution anyone against deciding that the wave of the future is to rely on the WAF or other network-based security device for application security...

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Detecting Unknown Application Vulnerabilities "In Flight"

July 10, 2012 Added by:Rafal Los

While you certainly can use velocity and frequency to detect attacks against a web application, high frequency doesn't always mean an attack or that a vulnerability is present. But, it is a fallacy to assume that a component needs to have a high frequency or velocity to signal targeting by an attacker....

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Nonsense Abounds, and More is Coming...

July 05, 2012 Added by:Jack Daniel

You cannot “stop attacks”, you can only alter the consequences of the attacks. You can stop attacks from succeeding sometimes, and minimize the impact on your organization, but the attacks will come no matter what. Further, the idea that “attacks” only fall into two categories, zero-day and patchable, is more nonsense...

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In Secure Programming, the Documentation Matters Too

June 28, 2012 Added by:Keith Mendoza

Some will argue that using the documentation is a cop out; that it's more of a liability protection than "secure programming". I would argue that the documentation should be part of the "secure programming" practice because it makes it clear to everyone what they should expect from the application...

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The Resilient Enterprise: Learning to Fail Part 2

June 25, 2012 Added by:Rafal Los

Failing with the support of a DevOps tribe can lead to a more resilient enterprise and ultimately better enterprise security. In the following few sections we're going to take a look at combining tools, processes and the tribe mentality to solve some otherwise ugly problems - and come out the other side...

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Static Analysis: Hopper’s Decompiler Feature

June 22, 2012 Added by:Fergal Glynn

After reading this tutorial, hopefully binaries will appear less inscrutable and magical, and you will understand why reverse engineers laugh in the face of programmers who think no one will understand their awesome secret algorithm without the source code. Don’t count on “but it’s compiled” as a security feature...

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Software Security is a Business Problem

June 14, 2012 Added by:Rafal Los

Information Security hasn't figured out how to actually approach the problem of insecure code. Security is still largely seen as the "not my problem" problem. It's not that developers have singled out security as something they want to ignore - it's that they've got too many other things to worry about...

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Building Secure Web Applications: An Infographic

June 14, 2012 Added by:Fergal Glynn

Neglecting to take security measures at the application layer is one of the most common causes of data breaches, yet many companies still leave their applications unprotected. Securing applications begins with developer training on the risks applications face and methods required for vulnerability prevention...

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The Path to NoOps is Through the Cloud

June 12, 2012 Added by:Rafal Los

So what is the single most valuable piece of technology that can push a development closer towards a NoOps methodology? I believe it's the adoption of cloud computing. While many of the security folks who read this blog are probably shaking their heads right about now, read on and let me convince you...

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Disclosures: The Vulnerability of Publicly Traded Companies

June 12, 2012 Added by:Fergal Glynn

What we’ve been lacking is quantitative information that helps inform the debate around application security. We want to use this data to shape the conversation around application security so that our attention gets focused on the right things and our investments get made in the right areas...

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What's in a Name: Does DevOps Need a Security Flavor?

June 12, 2012 Added by:Rafal Los

Lots of folks are trying to remove bottlenecks between development and deployment within an organization to get IT to a more agile state. Every once in a while someone talks about security - I've been trying to figure out whether and how we should be discussing the DevOps and security relationship...

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SUDOERS Commented Code Includes Use for Evil

May 31, 2012 Added by:Rob Fuller

When I started looking into appending or inserting lines into /etc/sudoers for CCDC, I happened upon an interesting function of that file. Near the end of the file there are two lines that look commented out, but in actuality are interpreted and acted upon, an evil way to stay hidden on a 'nix box...

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