Difference between revisions of "Keep security simple"

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==Summary==
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==Description==
  
Attack surface area and simplicity go hand in hand. Certain software engineering fads prefer overly complex approaches to what would otherwise be relatively straightforward and simple code.  
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Attack surface area and simplicity go hand in hand. Certain software engineering fads prefer overly complex approaches to what would otherwise be relatively straightforward and simple code. Developers should avoid the use of double negatives and complex architectures when a simpler approach would be faster and simpler.  
  
Developers should avoid the use of double negatives and complex architectures when a simpler approach would be faster and simpler.
 
  
For example, although it might be fashionable to have a slew of singleton entity beans running on a separate middleware server, it is more secure and faster to simply use global variables with an appropriate mutex mechanism to protect against race conditions.
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==Examples==
  
See [[How to write insecure code]] for a tongue-in-cheek discussion of keeping security simple.
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===Entity Beans vs. Global Variables===
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:Although it might be fashionable to have a slew of singleton entity beans running on a separate middleware server, it is more secure and faster to simply use global variables with an appropriate mutex mechanism to protect against race conditions.
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==Related [[Vulnerabilities]]==
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* [[Vulnerability 1]]
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==Related [[Controls]]==
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* [[Controls 1]]
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==References==
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* See [[How to write insecure code]] for a tongue-in-cheek discussion of keeping security simple.
  
 
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Description

Attack surface area and simplicity go hand in hand. Certain software engineering fads prefer overly complex approaches to what would otherwise be relatively straightforward and simple code. Developers should avoid the use of double negatives and complex architectures when a simpler approach would be faster and simpler.


Examples

Entity Beans vs. Global Variables

Although it might be fashionable to have a slew of singleton entity beans running on a separate middleware server, it is more secure and faster to simply use global variables with an appropriate mutex mechanism to protect against race conditions.


Related Vulnerabilities


Related Controls


References