[Owasp-ireland] "Dangerous coding errors revealed"

davidrook david.rook at realexpayments.com
Tue Jan 13 09:41:03 EST 2009

Hi everyone,

Sans today published its top 25 coding errors today, the full list can
be found here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7824939.stm

Perhaps my OWASP involvement means I'm biased but do you feel that
another list of software coding flaws is required? I quickly (so pick me
up on errors!) marked the OWASP category I felt each Sans error falls
under and it did leave me to ask the question of why do we need another
list? We will now 3 main lists (again correct me if you feel I'm missing
anything) from OWASP, White Hat Sec and Sans respectively with each
lists content different to the others.

Does this give people guidance or does it bring confusion?

My quick mapping between Sans and OWASP (A1 - 10 represent the OWASP top
10 http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Top_10_2007) :

CWE-20:Improper Input Validation (A2)
CWE-116:Improper Encoding or Escaping of Output (A6)
CWE-89:Failure to Preserve SQL Query Structure (A2)
CWE-79:Failure to Preserve Web Page Structure (?)
CWE-78:Failure to Preserve OS Command Structure (A2)
CWE-319:Cleartext Transmission of Sensitive Information (A9)
CWE-352:Cross-Site Request Forgery (A5)
CWE-362:Race Condition (?)
CWE-209:Error Message Information Leak (A6)
CWE-119:Failure to Constrain Operations within the Bounds of a Memory
Buffer (A2)
CWE-642:External Control of Critical State Data (A7)
CWE-73:External Control of File Name or Path (A4)
CWE-426:Untrusted Search Path (A4)
CWE-94:Failure to Control Generation of Code (A3?)
CWE-494:Download of Code Without Integrity Check (A4?)
CWE-404:Improper Resource Shutdown or Release (?)
CWE-665:Improper Initialization (?)
CWE-682:Incorrect Calculation (?)
CWE-285:Improper Access Control (A7)
CWE-327:Use of a Broken or Risky Cryptographic Algorithm (A8)
CWE-259:Hard-Coded Password (A7/A8?)
CWE-732:Insecure Permission Assignment for Critical Resource (A7)
CWE-330:Use of Insufficiently Random Values (A7?)
CWE-250:Execution with Unnecessary Privileges (A7)
CWE-602:Client-Side Enforcement of Server-Side Security (Could lead to A1?)

Let me know what you think, and of course correct me/add to this as you
see fit.



David Rook | david.rook at realexpayments.com
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