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Foundations of Security: What Every Programmer Needs to Know (Expert's Voice) Paperback – February 15, 2007
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"It is written based on a course for beginning programmers. … The book has three main parts: security design principles, secure programming techniques, and an introduction to cryptography. … Exercises are included at the end of each part in order to provide suggestions for getting hands-on experience." (A. Mariën, ACM Computing Reviews, Vol. 49 (5), May, 2008)
About the Author
Christoph Kern is an information security engineer at Google and was previously a senior security architect at Yodlee, a provider of technology solutions to the financial services industry. He has extensive experience in performing security design reviews and code audits, designing and developing secure applications, and helping product managers and software engineers effectively mitigate security risks in their software products.
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Throughout the book the authors present code examples on exploits and their defense. Even through the examples are written in different languages, the authors explain the code clearly. The reader doesn't' have to be familiar with the particular language. I haven't written anything in Java in over six years, but had no problem understand the Java examples.
If you are a new programmer or haven't read a book on security recently, this would be the book.
I read a lot of security books and I think this is one of the most clearly written books I have ever read. I am not a programmer I am a software auditor / tester specifically focusing on security. I understand the security, this book helped me have a better understanding of how it applies to programming.
This easily accessible book describes common problems in an instructive manner. It explains what will and what will not work, reviews good design principles, and offers an overview of commonly used cryptographic techniques. If every developer lived by the guidelines of this book, we would be in a much better shape than we currently are.
Although this book doesn't have all the answers (e.g. no comparison of web programming languages), web programmers will not be disappointed and my guess is that most web programmers need to read this book.
The authors work at Google and are dealing with some of the nastiest problems the Internet has to offer. They are very good communicators, have written some of the best recent papers and I'm glad to see Neil Daswani just started a blog on blogspot.
Upon completion of the book, the reader should have a good basic computer security foundation.