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May 2002

Secure reads: Building Secure Software

We all see the fallout from poor security on a regular basis. New vulnerabilities hit Bugtraq at a dizzying pace. Step back, and you'll notice that most of these problems are born out of the same root cause -- insecure coding. Some software vendors are aware of this, but most are not. Even if they realize the problem, knowledge, formal resources and qualified personnel for creating secure code are scarce. Building Secure Software attempts to address the problem by providing a canon for secure coding practices. The book is designed for programmers, project managers and software designers/architects -- all equally important players in the process of building secure software. The book's first half is high level, covering issues such as software risk management and the conceptual goals of securely engineered software. Selecting the "materials" for your project, such as the object platform (CORBA vs. DCOM vs. EJB/RMI), authentication method and, of course, the programming language are all included. On the downside, I would've liked ...

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