This document is intended to provide initial awareness around building secure software. This document will also provide a good foundation of topics to help drive introductory software security developer training. These controls should be used consistently and thoroughly throughout all applications. However, this document should be seen as a starting point rather than a comprehensive set of techniques and practices. In order to achieve secure software, developers must be supported and helped by the organization they author code for.

There are settings you may want to adjust to control comments, users, and the visibility of user information. The file permissions are another example of a default setting that can be hardened. This means that a large number of attacks can be mitigated by changing the default settings when installing a CMS. For example, if you own an ecommerce store, you probably need access to the admin panel in order to add new products or to set up a promotion for the upcoming holidays.

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Note that using automatic database encryption technology could still leave you exposed if an SQL injection attack is successful, as the data has to be read and decrypted at the database level. Doing the encryption and decryption step as part of your core application logic would help prevent this. Assuming that all user input could potentially be malicious is a good mantra to have when validating and processing user input.

A code injection happens when an attacker sends invalid data to the web application with the intention to make it do something that the application was not designed/programmed to do. When managing a website, it’s important to stay on top of the most critical security risks and vulnerabilities. The OWASP Top 10 is a great starting point to bring awareness to the biggest threats to websites in 2021. Internet of Things ( IoT) devices collect and store environmental data, including various personal information. A vulnerable password can be strengthened, but the hacked data from biometric devices can be hard to retrieve. IoT devices tend to gather intel about their environment including unsuspecting individuals.

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This includes making sure no sensitive data, such as passwords, access tokens, or any Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is leaked into error messages or logs. It’s important to carefully design how your users are going to prove their identity and how you’re going to handle user passwords and tokens. This should include processes and assumptions around resetting or restoring access for lost passwords, tokens, etc. In this post, you’ll learn how using standard and trusted libraries with secure defaults will greatly help you implement secure authentication. Just as functional requirements are the basis of any project and something we need to do before writing the first line of code, security requirements are the foundation of any secure software. In the first blog post of this series, I’ll show you how to set the stage by clearly defining the security requirements and standards of your application.

Close to our hearts here at Auth0 is broken authentication, which OWASP acknowledges as easily exploitable with extreme damage potential… In this case, the values can be escaped and sanitized by the database library, before they are included in the SQL statement. This way the SQL statement cannot be malformed in such a way that it can do damage or expose data. Similarly to the Top Ten 2017, we plan to conduct a survey to identify up to two categories of the Top Ten that the community believes are important, but may not be reflected in the data yet. We plan to conduct the survey in May or June 2020, and will be utilizing Google forms in a similar manner as last time. The CWEs on the survey will come from current trending findings, CWEs that are outside the Top Ten in data, and other potential sources.

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The risks behind XSS is that it allows an attacker to inject content into a website and modify how it is displayed, forcing a victim’s browser to execute the code provided by the attacker while loading the page. Cross Site Scripting (XSS) is a widespread vulnerability that affects many web applications. XSS attacks consist of injecting malicious client-side scripts into a website and using the website as a propagation method. An attacker simply modifies the ‘acct’ parameter in the browser to send whatever account number they want.

Next on our list of OWASP IoT top 10 is insufficient privacy protection, which concerns the insecure storage of personal data, processing this information, or its disclosure without the user’s permission. A 2017 study by Cornell University looks into the information that can be gleaned by  passive observers (such as ISPs) just by analyzing IoT network traffic — even when that traffic it is encrypted. With the lack of any secure update mechanism in place, there’s no guarantee that the security of the IoT device is as projected to end-users or as intended by developers. These security flaws can eventually lead to compromising the device or any of its related components. Welcome to OWASP Annual AppSec USA Security Conference, the premier application security conference for developers and security experts. AppSec USA provides attendees with insight into leading speakers for application security and cyber security, training sessions on various applications, networking, connections and exposure to the best practices in cybersecurity.

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In this blog post, I’ll discuss the importance of establishing the different components and modules you’ll need in your project and how to choose frameworks and libraries with secure defaults. Two great examples of secure defaults in most web frameworks are web views that encode output by default (providing XSS attack defenses) as well as built-in protection against Cross-Site Request Forgeries. Sometimes though, secure defaults can be bypassed by developers on purpose. So, I’ll also show you how to use invariant enforcement to make sure that there are no unjustified deviations from such defaults across the full scope of your projects. For almost two decades, software security practitioners have successfully defined advanced techniques and tools that can effectively be applied to develop secure software. Yet, all recent major security breaches can be linked to a software vulnerability – either left unpatched or a zero day – that made the attacker’s job easier.

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