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24 Deadly Sins of Software Security


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Part I: Web Application Sins; Chapter 1: SQL Injection; Chapter 2: Server Side Cross-Site Scripting; Chapter 3: Web-Client Related Vulnerabilities; Part II: Implementation Sins; Chapter 4: Use of Magic URLs
Chapter 5: Buffer Overruns; Chapter 6: Format String Problems; Chapter 7: Integer Overflows; Chapter 8: C++ Catastrophes; Chapter 9: Catching All Exceptions; Chapter 10: Command Injection; Chapter 11: Failure to Handle Errors; Chapter 12: Information Leakage; Chapter 13: Race Conditions; Chapter 14: Poor Usability; Chapter 15: Not Updating Easily; Part III: Cryptographic Sins; Chapter 16: Not Using Least Priveleges; Chapter 17: Weak Password Systems; Chapter 18: Unauthenticated Key Exchange; Chapter 19: Random Numbers;Part IV: Networking Sins; Chapter 20: Wrong Algorithm; Chapter 21: Failure to Protect Network Traffic; Chapter 22: Trusting Name Resolution; Part V: Stored Data Sins; Chapter 23: Improper Use of SSL/TLS; Chapter 24: Failure to Protect Stored Data

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MICHAEL HOWARD PRINCIPAL CYBERSECURITY ARCHITECT MICROSOFT PUBLIC SECTOR SERVICES Michael Howard is a principal cybersecurity architect in the Public Sector Services group. Prior to that, he was a principal security program manager on the Trustworthy Computing (TwC) Group's Security Engineering team at Microsoft, where he was responsible for managing secure design, programming, and testing techniques across the company. Howard is an architect of the Security Development Lifecycle (SDL), a process for improving the security of Microsoft's software. Howard began his career with Microsoft in 1992 at the company's New Zealand office, working for the first two years with Windows and compilers on the Product Support Services team, and then with Microsoft Consulting Services, where he provided security infrastructure support to customers and assisted in the design of custom solutions and development of software. In 1997, Howard moved to the United States to work for the Windows division on Internet Information Services, Microsoft's next-generation web server, before moving to his current role in 2000. Howard is an editor of IEEE Security & Privacy, a frequent speaker at security-related conferences and he regularly publishes articles on secure coding and design, Howard is the co-author of six security books, including the award-winning Writing Secure Code, 19 Deadly Sins of Software Security, The Security Development Lifecycle, Writing Secure Code for Windows Vista and his most recent release 24 Deadly Sins of Software Security. David LeBlanc, Ph.D., is currently Chief Software Architect for Webroot Software. Prior to joining Webroot, he served as security architect for Microsoft's Office division, was a founding member of the Trustworthy Computing Initiative, and worked as a white-hat hacker in Microsoft's network security group. David is also co-author of Writing Secure Code and Assessing Network Security, as well as numerous articles. On good days, he'll be found riding the trails on his horse with his wife, Jennifer. John Viega discovered the 19 deadly programming flaws that received such press and media attention, and this book is based on his discovery. He is the Founder and Chief Scientist of Secure Software (, is a well-known security expert, and coauthor of Building Secure Software (Addison-Wesley), Network Security with OpenSSL (O'Reilly) an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA) and Senior Policy Researcher at the Cyberspace Policy Institute, and he serves on the Technical Advisory Board for the Open Web Applications Security Project. He also founded a Washington, D.C. area security interest group that conducts monthly lectures presented by leading experts in the field. John is responsible for numerous software security tools, and is the original author of Mailman, the GNU mailing list manager. He holds a B.A. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Virginia. He is the author or coauthor of nearly 80 technical publications, including numerous refereed research papers and trade articles. He is coauthor of Building Secure Software, Network Security and Cryptography with OpenSSL and The Secure Programming Cookbook for C and C++.

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