Chapter 12. A Taxonomy of Coding Errors[1]

 

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The purpose of any taxonomy like this one is to help software developers and security practitioners concerned about software understand common coding mistakes that impact security. The goal is to help developers avoid making mistakes and to more readily identify security problems whenever possible. A taxonomy like this one is most usefully applied in an automated tool that can spot problems either in real time (as a developer types into an editor) or at compile time (see Chapter 4). When put to work in a tool, a set of security rules organized according to this taxonomy is a powerful teaching mechanism. Because developers ...

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