ASSISTANCE IN SECURE PROGRAMMING

The root cause of any kind of vulnerabilities in a web application is sprouting from the code which is the backbone of any applications. During an initial phase of application development or in later part, Prophaze can work together with the developers  to make sure that secure programming practice are maintained

Also prophaze can offer services like code review to make sure that programming is done in accordance with common security standards

Secure coding refers to a set of technologies  and best practices for making software as secure and stable as possible. It is the practice of developing software in a manner in which it would be protected against accidental introduction of security vulnerabilities. Main causes for software vulnerabilities are defects, bugs, flaws in logic etc.

From analyzing various reported vulnerabilities it was found that most of the issues are caused by a small number of common programming errors. In fact by prior identification of such insecure programming practices that lead to such vulnerabilities , organizations can reduce incorporating such issues before the actual deployment.

There are many prevention techniques such as :

Buffer-overflow prevention

This refers to software security vulnerability which happens when a process tries to store excess data in memory which is more than the allotted storage space. In this case the excess data may overwrite data in the adjacent location thus introducing a vulnerability.

Format string attack prevention

This attack happens when an attacker supplies certain inputs that will be entered as an argument to a function that performs formatting  like printf().

Integer-overflow prevention

Integer overflow occurs when an arithmetic operation produces a result which is larger than the available space. Thus a program which doesn’t check such integer overflows introduces potential bugs