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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 Bliss with AWS KMS

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By Jason Nichols March 1, 2015

So you've got a last minute requirement to secure your customer data by encrypting it at the database level? Don't panic. Take a deep breath, keep calm, and read on... Previously, I discussed some of the higher level concerns and pitfalls with attempting to roll your own key management. In today's post I'm going to dive into the details about how to do it without reinventing the wheel. Let's... READ MORE

GHOST Highlights How Vulnerable Components Can Haunt an Enterprise

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By Chris Wysopal February 2, 2015  | Research

Last week, a security alert was issued disclosing a critical buffer overflow vulnerability on Linux systems. The vulnerability known as GHOST (CVE-2015-0235) impacts applications running on Linux systems using glibc version 2. This is a serious vulnerability because it has a high impact when exploited, and the vulnerability is very widespread, due to the sheer number of public-facing Linux... READ MORE

The Fog of War: How Prevalent Is SQL Injection?

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By Tim Jarrett January 23, 2015  | Research
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Security statistics are complicated, and there’s a lot of fog of war around some fundamental questions like: how common are SQL Injection flaws? A pair of interesting articles over the last day have illustrated some of the challenges with answering that question. A company called DB Networks announced that it had found an uptick in SQL Injection prevalence in 2014, which had appeared to be... READ MORE

Automated Unit Test Generation for Java

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By Asankhaya Sharma January 4, 2015

Unit testing is an important aspect of software development. Having a proper test suite for your project can help detect bugs early and prevent regressions. Wouldn't it be great if we could generate unit test cases automatically? Well, it is certainly possible and I will explain in this article how you can do so for Java. Recently, I had a chance to look at unit test case generation for Java. I... READ MORE

Shellshock – what you need to know

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By Chris Wysopal September 25, 2014  | Research

shellshock-a-bug-called-bash.png News of the Bash Bug/Shellshock vulnerability is being widely covered since the Ars Technica article published yesterday afternoon.  There is speculation that this bug is going to be more catastrophic than Heartbleed, and like the much publicized OpenSSL vulnerability, we won’t know the full extent of its impact for some time. There are... READ MORE

Misfeatures Strike Again

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By Melissa Elliott September 25, 2014  | Research

image00.png Bash – the Unix shell – came out when I was fourteen months old. It was a replacement for a similar program that came out eleven years before I was born. By the time I was learning to read, it’d already had years to mature and stabilize. The very first time I ever sat down at a Linux prompt, bash was fifteen years old. It’s now twenty-five. From... READ MORE

Abstinence Not Required: Protecting Yourself Until the Privacy Utopia Arrives

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By Chris Eng September 3, 2014  | Research

Nude photos of various celebrities were leaked to all corners of the Internet a few short days ago. You already know that by now. Thank you iCloud???? — Kirsten Dunst (@kirstendunst) September 1, 2014 As we wait impatiently for the rest of the gory technical details surrounding the compromise(s), many in the security echo chamber have been debating how we ended up here and whether the... READ MORE

Stop Freaking Out About Facebook Messenger

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By Chris Eng August 12, 2014  | Research

Facebook recently announced that mobile chat functionality would soon require users to install Facebook Messenger. Fueled by the media, many people have been overreacting about the permissions that Messenger requests before taking time to understand what the true privacy implications were. In a nutshell, Messenger is hardly an outlier relative to the other social media apps on your phone. Why the... READ MORE

Coming to a computer near you, SQL: The Sequel

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By Chris Wysopal August 8, 2014  | Research

It might sound like a bad movie, but it’s playing out in real life – despite what seems like endless hacks using SQL injections, SQLi related breaches keep turning up like a bad penny. GI-Joe.jpg Most recently, Hold Security reported that they discovered a breach by Russian Hacker Ring. While details of this series of breaches are still surfacing, it is time for... READ MORE

Cloud or Not - Third-Party Software Adds Unnecessary Risk

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By Chris Wysopal June 13, 2014  | Research

cloud-security-concerns-300x223_2.jpg Don't be misled regarding the security implications of cloud-based software.   There’s been some discussion regarding the Cloud Could Triple Odds of $20M Data Breach research findings by Ponemon – so I thought I would weigh in on this issue. Risky software, regardless of deployment method, is what is adding unnecessary... READ MORE

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