OWASP ASIDE Project
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OWASP ASIDE/ESIDE project consist of two branches, the ASIDE branch that focuses on detecting software vulnerabilities and helping developer write secure code, and the ESIDE branch that focuses on help educating students secure programming knowledge and practices. Details about ESIDE are described [here].
OWASP ASIDE is led by [Jun Zhu] and Bill Chu. Other major contributors include [Jing Xie], Heather Richter Lipford, Tyler Thomas, Mahmoud Mohammadi, John Melton & Will Stranathan.
ASIDE is an abbreviation for Application Security plugin for Integrated Development Environment. It is an Eclipse Plugin which is a software tool primarily designed to help developers write more secure code by detecting and identifying potentially vulnerable code and providing informative fixes during the construction of programs in IDEs.
ASIDE CodeRefactoring for Education is an Eclipse plugin that aims to detect root cause of vulnerabilities that are caused by untrusted inputs get in to the application and be consumed without validation, and provide interactive code refactoring support for students and professional developers to learn secure programming practices and write more secure code.
ASIDE CodeAnnotate is another Eclipse plugin which deals with a different class of vulnerabilities that are more application logic specific. Specifically, it is aimed at addressing CSRF and broken access control issues while the developers are writing their code.
An older version of ASIDE DEMO shows you earlier design and implementation of CodeRefactoring, if you are interested in knowing. You will need Adobe Flash to display it.
1. Jun Zhu, Jing Xie, Heather Richter Lipford, and Bill Chu, Supporting Secure Programming in Web Applications through Interactive Static Analysis, In Journal of Advanced Research, Elsevier, December, 2013.
2. Jing Xie, Heather Richter Lipford, and Bill Chu, Evaluating Interactive Support for Secure Programming, In Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), May 2012, Austin, Texas, USA
3. Jing Xie, Bill Chu, Heather Richter Lipford, and John T. Melton, ASIDE:IDE Support for Web Application Security, In Proceedings of 27th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC), December 5–9, 2011, Orlando, FL, USA
4. Jing Xie, Heather Richter Lipford, and Bill Chu, Why do programmers make security errors?, In Proceedings of IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC), September 18–22, 2011, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
5. Jing Xie, Bill Chu, and Heather Richter Lipford Interactive Support for Secure Software Development, In Proceedings of Engineering Secure Software and Systems Third International Symposium (ESSoS), February 2011, Madrid, Spain
OWASP ASIDE is free to use. It is licensed under the http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license], so you can copy, distribute and transmit the work, and you can adapt it, and use it commercially, but all provided that you attribute the work and if you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.
What is ASIDE/ESIDE?
OWASP ASIDE provides:
p.s. (Details about ESIDE are described [here].)
1. Our talk Using Interactive Static Analysis for Early Detection of Software Vulnerabilities at AppSec USA 2012. You can view and download our presentation.
Runnable plugins and installation guidelines
The recent publicly available ASIDE CodeRefactoring plugin can be downloaded from here. You also need to download the complementary logging facility to make ASIDE work properly. ASIDE CodeRefactoring is built upon Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers Version 3.5+. To make it work, please place the two jar files under the plugins folder of your Eclipse installation directory and then restart your Eclipse.
The recent publicly available ASIDE CodeAnnotate plugin can be downloaded from here. ASIDE CodeAnnotate is built upon Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers Version 3.5+. To make it work, please place the jar files under the plugins folder of your Eclipse installation directory and then restart your Eclipse. Demo of how to run CodeAnnotate can be viewed from here.
New! We recently released a version of ASIDE CodeAnnotate plugin for Eclipse PHP Development Environment. It is built upon Eclipse PDT framework, you can download the plugin here. As it is still in incubator phase at this point, we recommend you to first install the configured Eclipse PHP package we provide on Linux, which can be downloaded here, and then place the jar file under the plugins folder of the Eclipse installation directory, and then restart your Eclipse. Demo of how to run CodeAnnotate can be viewed from here. A good PHP open source project you can try the plugin against is Moodle;
ASIDE Education with CodeRefactoring: https://github.com/JunZhuSecurity/ASIDE-Education ASIDE PHPCodeAnnotate: https://github.com/JunZhuSecurity/ASIDE-PHPCodeAnnotate ASIDE JavaCodeAnnotate: https://github.com/JunZhuSecurity/ASIDE-JavaCodeAnnotate
Project Email List: https://lists.owasp.org/mailman/listinfo/owasp-aside-project
News and Events
ASIDE project has been continuously under active research, development, and evaluation. Involvement in the development and promotion of ASIDE is actively encouraged! You do not have to be a security expert in order to contribute. Some of the ways you can help:
- Try ASIDE and email your feedback, comments to the project leaders.
- Do pilot study with ASIDE in your team, and the project leaders would love to collaborate!
ESIDE (Educational Security in the IDE) enhances the secure coding instructional process by turning the student's IDE into a real-time secure programming instructional resource. This approach capitalizes on the out of class, in the IDE time by providing layered educational opportunities whenever the student writes specific code patterns (i.e., vulnerable code) in a fashion similar to Microsoft's Grammar Checker. In this manner, ESIDE provides students with the opportunity to learn secure coding principles and practices concurrently with the lessons they are learning in their respective courses.
Deployed as an Eclipse IDE Java plugin, ESIDE continuously searches for predetermined code patterns (e.g., request.getParameter();). Whenever a student writes targeted code, they are provided with an interactive system that provides a layered educational opportunity. Because students are contextually “in the moment” when the support becomes available, they are more receptive to making the connection between classroom principles and coding practices. A secondary effect is the exponential increase in instructional exposure which has been proven to be successful in other instructional areas. The overall goal of ESIDE is to serve as an effective means to educate students at every level on the principles and practices of secure coding throughout their educational experience. To this end, we have developed ESIDE's interactive process as follows: The moment target code is written, ESIDE initiates a layered educational intervention based on the targeted code. The first layer is a warning icon that is placed in the left margin of the code editor. Hovering the icon reveals a short message that encourages further interaction. When the student clicks the icon, ESIDE generates a content specific list of educational options. Each of these options are accompanied with a short explanation of the issue at hand. For each generated list, there also exists the option to access an explanation page that provides a more comprehensive explanation of what was discovered, why it is important, and how to integrate the provided principles into coding practices.
A video of an interaction designed for early students can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-FIcrr1ff8
What ESIDE provides?
• Real-time IDE support for secure code education (Java).
• Identification of targeted Java code patterns.
• Interactive instructional opportunities for students in the IDE.
1. Michael Whitney, Heather Richter Lipford, Bill Chu, and Jun Zhu. Embedding Secure Coding Instruction into the IDE: A Field Study in an Advanced CS Course. In Proceedings of the 46th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE '15). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 60-65. DOI=10.1145/2676723.2677280 http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/2676723.2677280
2. Jun Zhu, Heather Richter Lipford, and Bill Chu, Interactive Support for Secure Programming Education, In Proceedings of ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), March 6-9, 2013, Denver, Colorado, USA
Runnable ESIDE Prototype and Installation Guidelines
The recent publicly available ESIDE plugin can be downloaded from here. You also need to download the complementary logging facility to make ESIDE work properly. ESIDE is built upon Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers Version 3.5+. To make it work, please place the two jar files under the plugins folder of your Eclipse installation directory and then restart your Eclipse.
Open Source Code
The most recent source code of ESIDE can be accessed via https://github.com/witny23/ESIDE.
Priorities and get involved
As of March 17, 2015 the priorities are:
1. Move xml into a database.
2. Create a public repository of customized ESIDE support for specific courses.
Involvement in the development and promotion of ESIDE is actively encouraged! You do not have to be a security expert in order to contribute. Some of the ways you can help: Individuals who are interested in content contribution, usability evaluation or deploying ESIDE in their classroom would be wonderful!!