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Thwarting the ultimate inside job: Malware introduced in the software development process

If you develop any code in house, a malicious software developer, tester or intruder could squeeze a backdoor into your source code during the development process, jeopardizing your entire product and all of its users. To minimize this threat, perform diligent quality control of your software development and testing process using these tips.

1. Make sure developers are required to authenticate to a version control system using difficult-to-guess passwords or hardware tokens before checking out code to work on or submitting code that they've finished. Utilize version control software that can create a digital signature or integrity hash of all code so you can more quickly spot any illicit changes.

2. Ensure that there's a division of responsibilities and organizational reporting between code developers and software testers. In the testing process, thoroughly employ good, old fashion quality review for in-house developed code, looking for bugs such as buffer overflows and format string flaws that are prevalent today.


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