Research

Posts from the Veracode security research team that zero in a bit on new ideas, trends, and technology. The content here will help deepen your understanding of various application security topics and satisfy the technically-inclined reader.

Crypto Mining Web App POC

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By Asankhaya Sharma December 10, 2017

A few months back in a previous post we gave a POC for malware embedded in an enterprise Spring MVC app. Then we got to thinking, what if we pwn3d a web app with malicious code and turned the result into a self-paying crypto-currency miner? You could give the owner of the site the option to either pay the ransom or just let the mining operation complete, at which point their files get decrypted,... READ MORE

How Are We Securing the Booming Digital Economy? Our Latest Survey Results

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By Suzanne Ciccone December 8, 2017  | Intro to AppSec
Are business leaders concerned about securing their digital initiatives?

The holiday season is upon us; are you buying all your gifts at the mall? Probably not. Many, if not most, of you are going to research, purchase and pay for all your holiday gifts online this year. Digitization is everywhere – changing every interaction and transaction. But it seems like breaches are everywhere as well – affecting all industries in all geographies. Are business leaders simply... READ MORE

AppSec in Review Podcast: How Developers Respond to Security Findings

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By John Zorabedian December 5, 2017  | Secure Development | Research
AppSec in Review: How Developers Respond to Security Finding

We recently published the State of Software Security Developer Guide, based on real application security testing data. Among the key takeways, the data in the report offers strong evidence that eLearning, security training, and DevSecOps practices have a positive effect on developers' effectiveness at fixing flaws in their code. In this episode of the AppSec in Review podcast, Evan Schuman and... READ MORE

What Developers Need to Know About the State of Software Security Today

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By John Zorabedian November 28, 2017  | Research
State of Software Security Developer Guide

We recently published our annual research report, the State of Software Security, analyzing data from 400,000 application scans over 12 months spanning 2016 and 2017. Now we’re issuing a State of Software Security Developer Guide, featuring additional data and analysis aimed at helping developers meet the goal of creating great software that’s also secure software. This report offers the... READ MORE

Machine Learning at SourceClear

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By Asankhaya Sharma October 24, 2017

As you may know, SourceClear has the world’s most complete, accurate, and up-to-date database of verified vulnerabilities in open-source code. But what’s more important is that more than half of the vulnerabilities in our database are not available anywhere else and have no public disclosures. How do we manage to hunt these vulnerabilities from thousands of open-source libraries? Certainly, it... READ MORE

Podcast: Key Takeaways From Veracode's Latest State of Software Security Report

Key SoSS Takeaways 2017

Veracode just published its latest “State of Software Security” report, get it here. Based on Veracode Platform data, these “SoSS” reports have been offering a goldmine of intelligence about how organizations are approaching AppSec since 2011. This year’s report is no different. Evan Schuman recently sat down with Veracode’s Director of Product Management Tim Jarrett to discuss the findings... READ MORE

What's New in the State of Software Security 2017 Report

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By John Zorabedian October 18, 2017  | Security News
State of Software Security 2017

In the past year, we’ve seen an unprecedented series of cyber assaults on democratic elections, ransomware attacks that spread around the world affecting hundreds of thousands of systems in more than 150 countries, and record-breaking data breaches. If we’re going to address this growing crisis effectively, we need a probing inspection of root causes, and fearless prescriptions for new ways... READ MORE

How we found exploitable zero-days in the open-source GlassFish server with the Security Graph Language

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By Ming Yi Ang October 17, 2017

We have long had a thesis that when free open-source software projects are forked into commercial versions, then the free open-source version no longer gets the same subsequent level of security updates as the commercial version. Phrased into a question, are the free versions of open-source core products left out in the cold? Earlier this year we were asked by a customer if we could apply our... READ MORE

Analyzing Apache Struts Vulnerabilities Using SGL

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By Asankhaya Sharma September 20, 2017

Recently, a large data breach was disclosed by Equifax that allowed hackers to steal personal information of over 143 million Americans. The underlying issue that was responsible for the breach turned out to be an un-patched open-source Apache Struts component. In this blog post we will discuss about the security issues that have affected Apache Struts recently and the impact they have had. We... READ MORE

After The Equifax Hack We Examined the Latest Apache Struts Code

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By Mark Curphey September 11, 2017

In light of the recent news that the Equifax hack was a result of an old version of Apache Struts being exploited, we analyzed the latest code from Apache Struts with SourceClear. The code we analyzed can be found at https://github.com/apache/struts. At the time of analysis the code was last updated on Sept 6th at 11:28 am in this commit, updating the pom.xml file to upgrade the Log4J library. We... READ MORE

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