[WEB SECURITY] WASC-Articles: 'Common Security Problems in the Code of Dynamic Web Applications' By Sverre H. Huseby

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Tue Jun 21 09:38:10 EDT 2005


The Web Application Security Consortium is proud to present 'Common Security Problems in the
Code of Dynamic Web Applications' written by Sverre H. Huseby.


"In the last few years an increasing number of web programmers have started realizing that the
code they write for a living plays a major part in the overall security of a web site. Even
though the administrators install state of the art firewalls, keep off-the-shelf software
patched and protect communication with heavy encryption, there are many ways to attack the
logic of the custom-made application code itself.

There is seemingly an infinite number of different logical glitches that may lead to exploitable
security problems in a web application. But even though the number of glitches may be infinite,
many of the most frequently occurring glitches may be put in one of the following, rather limited
set of categories:

* Failure to deal with metacharacters of a subsystem
* Authorization problems due to giving too much trust in input

That's only two categories, and they cover much of the web application security hype published in
the last eight years or so."

This document can be found at http://www.webappsec.org/projects/articles/062105.shtml . 

Regards,

- Robert Auger

articles_at_webappsec.org
http://www.webappsec.org

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