Top 10 Common Software Vulnerabilities
Software vulnerabilities must be prevented. In this blog, you'll learn a software vulnerabilities definition. You'll get a list of the top 10 software vulnerabilities. And you'll get tips on how to prevent software vulnerabilities.
Software Vulnerabilities: Definition
Software vulnerabilities are weaknesses or flaws present in your code.
Unfortunately, testing and manual code reviews cannot always find every vulnerability. Left alone, software vulnerabilities can impact the performance and security of your software. They could even allow untrustworthy agents to exploit or gain access your products and data.
So, you need to know the top 10 most common software vulnerabilities.
Top 10 Most Common Software Vulnerabilities
According to the OWASP Top 10, here are the most common software vulnerabilities:
1. Insufficient Logging and Monitoring
Insufficient logging and monitoring processes are dangerous. This leaves your data vulnerable to tampering, extraction, or even destruction.
2. Injection Flaws
Injection flaws occur when untrusted data is sent as part of a command or query. The attack can then trick the targeted system into executing unintended commands. An attack can also provide untrustworthy agents access to protected data.
3. Sensitive Data Exposure
Sensitive data — such as addresses, passwords, and account numbers — must be properly protected. If it isn't, untrustworthy agents take advantage of the software vulnerabilities to gain access.
4. Using Components with Known Vulnerabilities
Components are made up of libraries, frameworks, and other software modules. Often, the components run on the same privileges as your application. If a component is vulnerable, it can be exploited by an untrustworthy agent. This causes serious data loss or server takeover.
5. Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) Flaws
Untrustworthy agents can take advantage of cross-site scripting flaws to execute their own scripts in the targeted system. In general, cross-site scripting flaws happen in one-of-two ways:
- Whenever an application includes untrusted data in a new web page without proper validation.
6. Broken Authentication
Authentication and session management application functions need to be implemented correctly. If they aren't, it creates a software vulnerability that can be exploited by untrustworthy agents to gain access to personal information.
7. Broken Access Control
User restrictions must be properly enforced. If they are broken, it can create a software vulnerability. Untrustworthy agents can exploit that vulnerability.
8. XML External Entities (XXE)
XML is a popular data format that is used in web services, documents, and image files. You need an XML parser to understand XML data. But if it's poorly configured and the XML input that contains a reference to an external entity, it's dangerous. An untrustworthy agent can cause a DoS.
9. Security Misconfiguration
Security misconfigurations are often the result of:
- Insecure default configurations.
- Incomplete or impromptu configurations.
- Open Cloud storage.
- Misconfigured HTTP headers.
- Wordy error messages that contain sensitive information.
10. Insecure Deserialization
Deserialization flaws often result in remote code execution. This enables untrustworthy agents to perform replay, injection, and privilege escalation attacks.
How to Efficiently Safeguard Against Software Vulnerabilities
There are several common software vulnerabilities. But the most efficient and effective practices to safeguard against each of them are the same.
1. Establish Software Design Requirements
Establish software design requirements. Define and enforce secure coding principles. This should include using a secure coding standard. This will also inform how to effectively write, test, inspect, analyze, and demonstrate your code.
2. Use a Coding Standard
Coding standards — such as OWASP, CWE, and CERT — enables you to better prevent, detect, and eliminate software vulnerabilities. Enforcing a coding standard is easy when you use a SAST tool — like Klocwork. Klocwork identifies security defects and software vulnerabilities while the code is being written.
3. Test Your Software
It is essential that you test your software as early and often as possible. This helps to ensure that software vulnerabilities are found and eliminated as soon as possible. One of the most effective ways to do this is by using a static code analyzer — like Klocwork — as part of your software testing process.
Static code analyzers automatically inspect your code as it’s being written to identify any errors, weaknesses, or bugs. You can even apply any software vulnerabilities definitions.
How Klocwork Prevents Software Vulnerabilities
Klocwork for C, C++, C#, and Java identifies security, quality, and reliability issues. This helps you enforce compliance with coding standards. And it ensures that your code is safeguarded against software vulnerabilities.
By using Klocwork, you will also receive the following benefits:
- Detect software vulnerabilities, compliance issues, vulnerabilities definitions, and rule violations earlier in development. This helps to accelerate code reviews as well as manual testing efforts.
- Enforce of industry and coding standards, including CWE and CERT, PA DSS, OWASP, and DISA STIG.
- Report on security compliance over time and across product versions.
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