When we think about HTTP vs. HTTPS, we often focus on the risk to sensitive information. HTTP transmits our data in clear-text, while HTTPS encrypts the data to stop people from snooping. But that is not all that HTTPS does. What about tampering? One of the other key aspects of HTTPS is to protect our communication with the server from tampering. In this case, we would be concerned with someone being able to manipulate the responses that are sent back to the user's browser. While no sensitive … [Read more...] about HTTPS Isn’t Just For Sensitive Info
Everyone has heard of the Colonial pipeline attack that happened a while back. The company that provides fuel across the East coast shut down that fuel supply due to ransomware on their systems. This sparked a huge push for ICS security. It got a lot of people talking about critical infrastructure and how the world will end with a single cyber attack. I don't disagree that these systems are at risk or that they shouldn't be secured. This is something that we should be focusing on in general to … [Read more...] about How critical is your app in your customer’s process?
The hardest part of anything we do is typically just actually starting it. How many things have you thought about doing, but were not sure on how to proceed? What is that first step? We know we have to do something, but what? This is no different when we think about application security and a secure development program. We have to start it. It is absolutely a necessity for any development program. So what should we do? It is important to understand that security doesn't happen overnight. There … [Read more...] about 3 Tips to get your secure development program started
How many times have we thrown a vulnerability over to the development team assuming they understand what the issue is? How many times have we sat with the development team to show them what we do? This isn't a point of showing how to attack to build up the next generation of security people. Instead, it is focused on showing the development team how at attacker looks at their application so they better understand the issue identified. Let's walk through a really simple scenario You have an … [Read more...] about Client vs. Server Validation
When it comes to application vulnerabilities, there are 2 common groups we might view them: Technical Debt and New Development. I break these down because the way in which we address vulnerabilities is fundamentally different. Something that might not be exploitable receives a very low priority when it is technical debt. However, during new development, it can be addressed with little cost. Much of this comes down to if soemthing is syntactically insecure vs. actually vulnerable. Let’s look at … [Read more...] about Technical Debt vs. New Dev
In this episode we talk about addressing the root cause of an issue versus the symptoms. How can the process of keeping application components updated be improved? For more info go to https://www.developsec.com or follow us on twitter (@developsec). DevelopSec provides application security consulting and training to add value to your application security program. Contact us today to see how we can help. Transcript: In this episode, James talks about root cause analysis versus treating … [Read more...] about Ep. 120: Addressing Root Cause – Vulnerable Components