"?achieves its aims admirably?" (PC Utilities, April 2004)
??should be required reading for web developers?? (about.com, March 2004)
??if you are a web techie you will love this book, I did?? (Infosecurity Today, July 04)
From the Back Cover
Peter G. Neumann, Author of Computer-Related Risks,and moderator of the Internet Risks Forum (risks.org).
This concise and practical book will show where code vulnerabilities lie and how best to fix them. Its value is in showing where code may be exploited to gain access to - or break - systems, but without delving into specific architectures, programming or scripting languages or applications. It provides illustrations with real code.
Innocent Code is an entertaining read showing how to change your mindset from website construction to website destruction so as to avoid writing dangerous code. Abundant examples from susceptible sites will bring the material alive and help you to guard against:
- SQL Injection, shell command i njection and other attacks based on mishandling meta-characters
- bad input
- cross-site scripting
- attackers who trick users into performing actions
- leakage of server-side secrets
- hidden enemies such as project deadlines, salesmen, messy code and tight budgets
All web programmers need to take precautions against producing websites vulnerable to malicious attack. This is the book which tells you how without trying to turn you into a security specialist.