Software Security

Web application architecture typically covers the basic rendering and return of information to a client, usually on a web browser. Behind the scenes, a web application will draw upon many distinct layers. These may include servers used for presentation, business, and data. There are different architectures consisting of different layering strategies depending upon the need. […]

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Last month a researcher announced that a commercial dishwashing machine contained a dangerous vulnerability allowing a remote attacker to gain access to privileged assets on a connected network. Jens Regel of the German company Schneider-Wulf made the vulnerability public on Full Disclosure after contacting the vendor and waiting the customary 90 days. The vendor, Miele, has […]

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Software quality and security assurance both concern risk to the organization, but they do so for different reasons. Risk might be mission critical such as software on a scientific robot crawling another planet. Or risk might be associated with sensitive financial information. In the first example the integrity of the software is paramount; it is […]

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Ahead of Coverity Static Analysis support for the Swift programming language, we are examining design decisions in the language from the perspective of defect patterns detectable with static analysis. To kick things off, I recommend reading Part 1 in this series if you have not already. Defect patterns continued: More basics Now we consider additional […]

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Evaluating the progress of your software security journey is essential, but it can be a considerable challenge. Tracking operational metrics doesn’t tell you whether you are doing the right things. Analyst reports are often too general to provide tactical direction. And companies hold their security plans so close to the vest, it makes competitive research […]

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SHA-1 (Secure Hash Algorithm 1) is broken. It has been since 2005. And yet, that hasn’t stopped its continued use. For example, until early 2017 most internet browsers still supported SHA-1. As though to confirm that SHA-1 was really, truly dead, researchers from CWI Amsterdam and Google announced at the end of February 2017 they […]

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Earlier this month WikiLeaks announced it had in its possession a cache of zero days allegedly from the Central Intelligence Agency. These unpatched vulnerabilities, it said, could affect Apple and Android devices (including TVs). It is suspected that exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow the spy agency – or anyone else who knows about them […]

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Sophia Goreczky, Senior User Experience Designer within Synopsys’ Software Integrity Group, is the recipient of 2017 YWCA Emerging Leader Award. She will be honored, along with 4 other award honorees, at an awards dinner on May 11, 2017, at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose. Since 1984, the YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Awards […]

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Originally posted on SecurityWeek.  The prediction business is a tricky thing. You can be right, but until you are proven right, you’re either early or wrong. Being early feels just like being wrong–up until the moment you are right. When toymaker VTech announced in November 2015 that nearly five million customer records had been leaked […]

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As we are taking our first steps toward a Coverity Static Analysis solution for the Swift programming language, I am discovering one of the most challenging languages yet for Coverity. This is simply because many of the easy-to-make, easy-to-find mistakes in other programming languages were designed to be difficult or impossible in Swift. However, some mistakes […]

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