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
The risk of Spell Checking
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
What is the difference between source code review and static analysis?
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?
XSS in a Script Tag
Properly Placing XSS Output Encoding
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
Using the AWS disruption to your advantage
By now you have heard of the amazon issues that plagued many websites a few days ago. I want to talk about one key part of the issue that often gets overlooked. If you read through their message describing their service disruption (https://aws.amazon.com/message/41926/) you will notice a section where they discuss some changes to the tools they use to manage their systems. So let's take a step back for a moment. Amazon attributed the service disruption to basically a simple mistake … [Read more...] about Using the AWS disruption to your advantage