When it comes to security, there are many different things you need to worry about. You have to make sure that your passwords are secure and you’re using the latest security features on your devices. But many people overlook one of the essential aspects: programming weaknesses. If you don’t know what these weaknesses are or how they can be exploited, then it’s only a matter of time until someone else does – and exploits them for their gain. In this blog post, we will discuss scanning for programming weaknesses
so that you can find any issues in your code before anyone else does!
There are three main types of vulnerability scanning that you can use to find security issues in your programming.
The most common ones are:
1. Static analysis
2. Dynamic analysis
3. Penetration testing
Each scan has its strengths and weaknesses, so it is essential to understand what each one can do for you.
Here is how to find Security Issues In Your Programming:
1. Do a code review of your own work: You know the most about what you’ve written, so it makes sense to start with yourself. It can be conducive for this process if you have someone else read over your reviews; since then, they will notice things that may seem obvious or not relevant to you but are important from their perspective.
This is because there will likely be some areas where different people disagree on how something should be handled. You can make sure that any disagreement comes up during these reviews ̶ and thus, learning why those disagreements exist is an invaluable tool when making decisions later down the road. This is also an excellent way to find out more about coding conventions and security best practices in general.
This is especially true when deciding if you should follow one of those practices.
2. Pattern Analysis: Look for patterns in your code review results and make sure to document them somewhere so that they can be referenced later on when making changes or doing future development work. One example is if certain functions end up being called more than others ̶ this may indicate some security issue, such as not handling errors correctly (or at all).
This kind of inefficient referencing could lead to the application crashing but still allow people with malicious intent to read files off the file system or access other components it shouldn’t have permission/access to because these issues were never fixed during development time. Another pattern might be looking over how much data gets passed into various parts of your program without checking it for any malicious content.
3. Scanning tools: Use automated scanning tools to help you find areas of your code that could be improved from a security standpoint. These tools are designed to look at source code and identify potential issues, so they can be accommodating in finding problems that you may not have been able to detect by yourself. There are both open source and commercial options available, with the main difference being how much support (if any) you get if there are issues found.
While it is possible to use these tools without any sort of training, doing so will likely result in less effective scans and more false positives ̶ which means you’ll need to spend more time investigating each issue to see if it really is one or just something the tool is flagging up that isn’t actually a problem. However, suppose you get some training on how to use these tools and have someone assist in running them for you who understands the results.
In those cases, they will give more accurate information about what needs to be fixed.
As a result, this should also help reduce (if not eliminate) any false positives since it will allow you to know precisely why something is flagged as an issue rather than just thinking there might be one because of whatever explanation was given.
4. Vulnerability scanning process: You can also look into vulnerability scanning tools. Some of these capabilities can be used to scan networks. These should only ever be run on live servers since they could cause problems if run locally on dev computers where many of the files aren’t present (or wouldn’t exist in their current form).
This is also done because any modifications made would not be picked up by them due to not being on a live server. Still, they may also be configured to monitor source code for known bugs in programming languages or libraries that might affect your application.