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Secure Programming with Static Analysis

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The First Expert Guide to Static Analysis for Software Security! Creating secure code requires more than just good intentions. Programmers need to know that their code will be safe in an almost infinite number of scenarios and configurations. Static source code analysis gives users the ability to review their work with a fine-toothed comb and uncover the kinds of errors that lead directly to security vulnerabilities. Now, there's a complete guide to static analysis: how it works, how to integrate it into the software development processes, and how to make the most of it during security code review. Static analysis experts Brian Chess and Jacob West look at the most common types of security defects that occur today. They illustrate main points using Java and C code examples taken from real-world security incidents, showing how coding errors are exploited, how they could have been prevented, and how static analysis can rapidly uncover similar mistakes. This book is for everyone concerned with building more secure software: developers, security engineers, analysts, and testers. Coverage includes: A Why conventional bug-catching often misses security problems A How static analysis can help programmers get security right A The critical attributes and algorithms that make or break a static analysis tool A 36 techniques for making static analysis more effective on your code A More than 70 types of serious security vulnerabilities, with specific solutions A Example vulnerabilities from Firefox, OpenSSH, MySpace, eTrade, Apache httpd, and many more A Techniques for handling untrusted input A Eliminating buffer overflows: tactical and strategic approaches A Avoiding errors specific to Web applications, Web services, and Ajax A Security-aware logging, debugging, and error/exception handling A Creating, maintaining, and sharing secrets and confidential information A Detailed tutorials that walk you through the static analysis process "We designed Java so that it could be analyzed statically. This book shows you how to apply advanced static analysis techniques to create more secure, more reliable software." -Bill Joy, Co-founder of Sun Microsystems, co-inventor of the Java programming language "'Secure Programming with Static Analysis' is a great primer on static analysis for security-minded developers and security practitioners. Well-written, easy to read, tells you what you need to know." -David Wagner, Associate Professor, University of California Berkeley "Software developers are the first and best line of defense for the security of their code. This book gives them the security development knowledge and the tools they need in order to eliminate vulnerabilities before they move into the final products that can be exploited." -Howard A. Schmidt, Former White House Cyber Security Advisor BRIAN CHESS is Founder and Chief Scientist of Fortify Software, where his research focuses on practical methods for creating secure systems. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from University of California Santa Cruz, where he studied the application of static analysis to finding security-related code defects. JACOB WEST manages Fortify Software's Security Research Group, which is responsible for building security knowledge into Fortify's products. He brings expertise in numerous programming languages, frameworks, and styles together with deep knowledge about how real-world systems fail. CD contains a working demonstration version of Fortify Software's Source Code Analysis (SCA) product; extensive Java and C code samples; and the tutorial chapters from the book in PDF format. Part I: Software Security and Static Analysis 1 1 The Software Security Problem 3 2 Introduction to Static Analysis 21 3 Static Analysis as Part of the Code Review Process 47 4 Static Analysis Internals 71 Part II: Pervasive Problems 115 5 Handling Input 117 6 Buffer Overflow 175 7 Bride of Buffer Overflow 235 8 Errors and Exceptions 265 Part III: Features and Flavors 295 9 Web Applications 297 10 XML and Web Services 349 11 Privacy and Secrets 379 12 Privileged Programs 421 Part IV: Static Analysis in Practice 457 13 Source Code Analysis Exercises for Java 459 14 Source Code Analysis Exercises for C 503 Epilogue 541 References 545 Index 559

About the Author

B rian Chess is a founder of Fortify Software. He currently serves as Fortify’s Chief Scientist, where his work focuses on practical methods for creating secure systems. Brian holds a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he studied the application of static analysis to the problem of finding security-relevant defects in source code. Before settling on security, Brian spent a decade in Silicon Valley working at huge companies and small startups. He has done research on a broad set of topics, ranging from integrated circuit design all the way to delivering software as a service. He lives in Mountain View, California.

 

J acob West manages Fortify Software’s Security Research Group, which is responsible for building security knowledge into Fortify’s products. Jacob brings expertise in numerous programming languages, frameworks, and styles together with knowledge about how real-world systems can fail. Before joining Fortify, Jacob worked with Professor David Wagner at the

University of California at Berkeley to develop MOPS (MOdel Checking Programs for Security properties), a static analysis tool used to discover security vulnerabilities in C programs. When he is away from the keyboard, Jacob spends time speaking at conferences and working with customers to advance their understanding of software security. He lives in San Francisco, California.

 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional (July 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321424778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321424778
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #813,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I typically review systems and commercial software from a security stand point. Recently, there has been a push to review software that is developed in-house utilizing tools such as Burpsuite and Fortify SCA. The classes that have been offered to my co-workers have been best described as How-To install the Fortify software. I was hoping to find a book with an in-depth view of utilizing Fortify to analyze source code. While the main focus of the book is not on Fortify, I was hoping that the 2 Chapters (Tutorials) would be a good start as this is the only book I know of that deals with Fortify (except the proprietary HP manuals).

Why not just use the proprietary manuals and play with the software at work? Simple, I do not have time to read through manuals and play at work. I need something I can work with at home. The biggest problem I have with this book is that the software included is no longer functional. To install, you have to get a license from the Fortify website which is now owned by HP. Neither the authors nor HP will provide a license so the software is useless.

If you are looking for a book to aide in secure code analysis, this is not the book for you. Secure Programming with Static Analysis… I read as make your applications secure by using static code analysis to identify problems. While the authors do give a fair amount of bad code to learn from, the details are less forth coming than in other books. Rather than give examples of how to use static code analysis tools to identify and correct problems, the authors give details of how they wrote rules to identify the problematic code. So if you are a programmer wanting to write your own "Fortify" software, this is a great start.
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OK book, but I purchased it for the practice software for HP Fortify - which doesn't work. HP no longer supports it, and it won't run without HP support.. I sent the book back.
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If you are an architect who really serious about building security to your large-scale applications, then this book would offer only a hello world to security. All you find is a full-blownup security chapter "Part 1 and 2" for Standalone application applications beyond that nothing but google-able content. The worst is Part III discusses on web apps, XML web services security, privacy and privileged programs - poorly written and highly repetitive content. To the most disappointment, there is no chapter to show how to put-to-gether all these stuff in a real world enterprise application. I also noticed the book if has the same Java examples from the Java site. The chapter on Web services security is a joke, shows the authors lack of understanding on Web services security fundamentals. After browsing all the pages, I don't found anything that shows how to incorporate them in a working security architecture. The book also trying to promote a product, maybe this book is relevant for those use the author suggested products.
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After having read every secure programming book in print, this is the book I would recommend to both working developers and students. The abundance of code examples in C/C++ and Java help this book stand out from the shelf of other secure programming books, but that's just the beginning of what sets this book apart from the rest.

While most secure programming books focus on the basics of security mistakes like buffer overflows, they're short on how to find and fix security flaws in a large body of code. Most of us have too much code to inspect manually line by line by the next release, so this book shows the reader how to effectively use static analysis tools as a part of the code review process to automate finding security bugs. The CD that comes with the book has a working demo version of the Fortify Source Code Analyzer tool, so the reader can gain hands-on experience with static analysis.

Once you've found the bugs, you could attempt to fix them one by one, or you could fix them in a consistent, structured manner using secure design strategies to solve problems like input validation and memory management that are the source of so many security problems. Secure Programming with Static Analysis has a readable and practical discussion of these strategies, with many code examples so the reader can easily apply these strategies. It also shows how to use static analysis tools to ensure that all of your code follows these strategies, so that no input escapes validation.

Every software developer needs to know how to program securely, and there's no better place to start learning than this book.
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Every software developer who has to write secure code should read this book. This book will tell you how to use static analysis tools to help you build more secure software. It's a great primer for software developers who are new to static analysis and for security practitioners who want to learn how recent advances in the field can improve their software.

I reviewed an pre-release version. It's good stuff. It's well-written, easy to read, and tells you what you need to know without getting bogged down in the details. Brian Chess and Jacob West have a great deal of experience in this area and they do a good job of conveying pragmatic information you can apply in practice to improve your software.
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