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Improving Web Application Security: Threats and Countermeasures Paperback – September 2, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0735618428 ISBN-10: 0735618429 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (September 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735618429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735618428
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 2.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,701,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rigor mortis on October 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
I am in the business of writing secure e-biz apps and I found the security and countermeasure strategies in this book to be very thorough.

Now, why the 4 stars? Two reasons - 1. The author(s) are very repetitive. I read the section on countermeasures to SQL injection attacks 3 times in the book.

2. The countermeasures are demonstrated adequately but the attacks are not. For instance, what to do to thwart SQL injection attacks is explained with some examples. But what really is a SQL injection attack; plain description is not enough? Some non-trivial examples of those make sense because then you know the reason for deploying the countermeasures; what are you saving yourself against? Sort of, identifying the enemy.

Nevertheless, a great, comprehensive and practical tutorial.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anil John on March 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
If you are designing, building and deploying Web based applications using Microsoft's .NET Framework run and get this book. Currently, there is no other book that can match the breath and depth of the topic covered in this book.
Contrary to what the title may imply, in addition to ASP.NET this book also covers how security should be addressed in the building of Serviced components, Web Services and Remoting. The chapters on Code Access Security are among the clearest that can be found anywhere.
This book takes a holistic approach to Security in that it addresses threats to the network, host and application layers. The old adage of a chain is only as strong as its weakest link is taken to heart in the book so guidance is provided on how security should be addressed across tiers and at multiple layers. Secure app development across the entire software development and deployment lifecycle is considered within the scope of this book.
In addition to Secure Coding guidelines, Extensive guidelines are provided that show how the Network, Web Server, Application Server and Database Server should be secured.
One of the things that I like about this book is that the guidance that is provided is task and role based. So even though the book is 800+ pages, it can be very easily used as a ready reference.
Multiple checklists that deal with Design, Build, Securing and Assessment are given and can be used out of the box.
In short, don't wait. Go get it now!
From the book's introduction:
Part I, "Introduction to Threats and Countermeasures," identifies and illustrates the various threats facing the network, host, and application layers. The process of threat modeling helps you to identify those threats that can harm your application.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gary Sinkowitz on February 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
Truly useful how-to-secure your server book. Goes through locking down your OS, web server (IIS), SQL Server installation,
.NET configuration, and web application do's and don'ts.
Very helpful when I configured a server which I rented from a dedicated machine hosting service.
Only reason for four stars rather than five, it is really based around Windows 2000 server. Needs to be updated for Windows 2003 server.
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