UK technology trade association techUK has teamed up with the Cyber Crime Reduction Partnership to release a new set of guidelines today designed to offer developers advice on how to write more secure applications and infrastructure.
The document draws on penetration tests conducted by PA Consulting to deduce the top ten vulnerabilities found over the past 12 months in customer web apps and infrastructure.
These include: account weaknesses, especially weak passwords; SSL issues such as self-signed certs; cross-site scripting; lack of brute force or clickjacking protection; and host configuration problems, especially firewall issues and IP leakage.
Also listed are cookies not marked as HTTP only or not marked as secure, which could make them easier for attackers to steal; and directory listing vulnerabilities, via which attackers can discover hidden files or the directory structure of a web page.
There is advice on how to avoid all of the top ten vulnerabilities listed, including links to examples of best practice, as well as information on industry standards.
The document, Securing web applications and infrastructure, recommends the BSI-developed PAS 754, Software Trustworthiness – Governance and Management – Specification for improved software engineering practices.
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