Application Security Source Code Review

Security code review is the process of auditing the source code for an application to verify that the proper security controls are present, that they work as intended, and that they have been invoked in all the right places. Code review is a way of ensuring that the application has been developed so as to be "self-defending" in its given environment.

Despite the many claims that code review is too expensive or time consuming, there is no question that it is the fastest and most accurate way to find and diagnose many security problems. There are also dozens of serious security problems that simply can't be found any other way. Security code review quickly becomes the obvious choice when your consider which approaches will identify the largest amount of the most significant security issues in your application.

It's important to recognize that code is a rich expressive language that can be used to build anything. Analyzing arbitrary code is a difficult job that requires a lot of context. It's a lot like searching a legal contract for loopholes. So while it may seem tempting to rely on an automated tool that simply finds security holes, it's important to realize that these tools are more like spell-checkers or grammar-checkers. While important, they don't understand the context, and miss many important security issues.

Manual security code review provides insight into the "real risk" associated with insecure code. This is the single most important value from a manual approach. A human reviewer can understand the context for certain coding practices, and make a serious risk estimate that accounts for both the likelihood of attack and the business impact of a breach.

Our Application Security Source Code Review includes checking security for following mechanisms:

If you haven't reviewed your code for security holes the likelihood that your application has problems is virtually 100%.

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