Application security, like any facet of security, is a complex challenge with a mountain of solutions. Of course, no one solution is complete. Even throwing multiple solutions will never get 100% coverage. The push today is around devsecops, or pushing left in the SDLC. I am seeing more solutions recommending also pushing right in the SDLC. I feel like we are stuck at this crossroad where the arrow points both ways. The good news is that none of these recommendations are wrong. We do need to … [Read more...] about Investing in People for Better Application Security
Static analysis is the process of using automation to analyze the application's code base for known security patterns. It uses different methods, such as following data from it source (input) to its sink (output) to identify potential weaknesses. It also uses simple search methods in an attempt to identify hard-coded values, like passwords in the code. Automated tools struggle at finding business logic or authentication/authorization flaws. Code Review is a much larger project where both … [Read more...] about What is the difference between source code review and static analysis?
Many people get confused between brute force attacks and credentials stuffing. To help clear this up, here is a simple description of the two. These are both in regards to the login form only. Brute Force Brute force attacks on the login form consist of the attacker having a defined list (called a dictionary) of potential passwords. The attacker will then try each of these defined passwords with each username the attacker is trying to brute force. Put simply, this is a 1 (username) too many … [Read more...] about What is the difference between Brute Force and Credential Stuffing?
A simple error to make when sending an email with sensitive data is to send it to the wrong email address. Imagine you are sending some information to Dave down in accounting. When you fill out the email you start typing Dave and the auto-complete pops up and you select the first one (out of habit). You think you have selected the right Dave, but what if you didn't? How would you know that you were about to send potentially sensitive information outside of the organization? Apple Mail and iOS … [Read more...] about Apple Mail: Highlighting External Email Addresses