In order to reduce the risk to our applications, we must start hiring resources that come in with some level of secure development knowledge. As a matter of fact, it shouldn't even be thought of as security knowledge, but just good development knowledge. Job Description The first question that pops up is around writing job descriptions. How much "security" should be in a job description for a developer role? Does it change from entry level engineer to a senior level engineer? I think there … [Read more...] about Tips for hiring developers with security experience
In this episode we talk about the spell check feature of the browser and how it could present a risk to sensitive data. Listen to the Episode: Link to article referenced: https://www.darkreading.com/application-security/spellchecking-google-chrome-microsoft-edge-browsers-leaks-passwords For more info go to https://www.developsec.com or follow us on twitter (@developsec). … [Read more...] about Ep. 119: Risks of SpellCheck
Did you know that input fields on a web form support spell checking by default in many web browsers? This is a feature of the browser that can help catch errors early for the end user. Recently, some testers found that some data may be leaked during the spell checking function to 3rd parties. Here is a reference article describing this: https://www.darkreading.com/application-security/spellchecking-google-chrome-microsoft-edge-browsers-leaks-passwords The first point to make here is this is … [Read more...] about The risk of Spell Checking
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?
Cross-Site Scripting flaws, as well as other injection flaws, are pretty well understood. We know how they work and how to mitigate them. One of the key factors in mitigation of these flaws is output encoding or escaping. For SQL, we escape by using parameters. For cross-site scripting we use context sensitive output encoding. In this post, I don’t want to focus on the how of output encoding for cross-site scripting. Rather, I want to focus on when in the pipeline it should be done. Over … [Read more...] about Properly Placing XSS Output Encoding