What is a Secure Code Review?
Security or Secure Code Review is a specialized task including a manual and/or an automated in-depth analysis of an application’s source code to identify security-related weaknesses.
zerOxImpact Secure Source Code Review is an essential mechanism for validating the design and implementation of the software. It helps to maintain a level of consistency in design and an implementation of practices across projects and among the various modules inside the projects.
The review evaluates the application code to identify programming flaws, weaknesses, like:
Authentication & Authorization & Access Control
Format string exploits and Insecure configuration
Race conditions and Business logic flow
Memory leaks and Buffer overflows
And many other application vulnerabilities
Code review is the best practice for improving software security. It helps to improve the overall quality of the software and is a way of helping developers to ensure that the application has been developed to be “self-defending” in its given environment.
Benefits for your
Security Code Reviews protect against threats targeting your business performance:
- Customer revenue loss
- Regulatory fines
- IT and security response costs
- Loss of competitive advantage
- Loss of reputation/customer confidence
- Downtime costs
- Business disruption
- Sensitive Data Exposure
- Insider Threats
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What is Secure Code Review Methodology?
Types of Secure Code Reviews & Analysis methodology
A secure code review involves a manual and/or an automated review of an application’s source code to quickly identify security-related weaknesses in the code.
“Learn more – Manual vs. Automated Secure Code Reviews.”
Our approach to deliver the Secure Source Code Review service:
Identify Objectives and Threat Modelling. We want to learn about your application’s use cases. For us it is critical to understand the types of bugs that are possible in the code we’re reviewing.
By review design documentation and mapping data flows we understand the context, relationships between application’s components.
Now it is possible to identify the design flaws, critical components, or other modules that need a closer look, we can set clear objectives, and stay focused during code review.
Using precise tools is vital to the success of the secure code review. A static analysis tool can be used to automatically check the code for a set of rules and best practices that you’ve predefined. Automated tools scan in fast and efficient way, and can detect low-hanging fruits and a number of other vulnerabilities; there are no silver bullets in the list of tools, and the used tool depends on the used programming language.
For the next period we are reading the source code line-by-line in attempt to identify the rest of flaws. It is a tedious process that requires a technical skill, experience and patience.
The vulnerabilities discovered and subsequently addressed through the manual review process can significantly improve the organization’s security posture.
Once we’ve completed the code review, the next step is to prioritize the vulnerabilities in the order of importance, to ensure that the most severe vulnerabilities are highlighted in the overall list. Then you can fix the bugs we’ve identified. These findings give your developers a great starting point when looking for common bugs and vulnerabilities in your code. This knowledge dramatically improves the code they may write in the future.
Reporting with a detailed analysis
and threat report
Frequently Asked Questions.
Here are some common questions about Secure Code Review.