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Security Testing

Security Testing

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Software Testing
Software Testing

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Published by: No Direction Home on Jul 03, 2012
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Topics inSecurity Testing
[Reading assignment: Chapter 13, pp. 193-209. Note thatmany more topics are covered in these slides and in class.]
 
Computer Security
The goal of computer security is to protect computerassets (
e.g.,
servers, applications, web pages, data)from:
 –
corruption
 –
unauthorized access
 –
denial of authorized access
 –
malicious software
Security is strengthened by:
 –
physically limiting the access ofcomputers to trusted users
 –
hardware mechanisms (
e.g.,
biometrics)
 
 –
operating system mechanisms that impose rules on untrustedprograms (
e.g.,
role-based access control)
 –
anti-virus software to detect malware
 –
secure coding techniques (
e.g.,
array bounds checking) to makecode less vulnerable to security attacks.
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Approach to Software Security
Verify that security mechanisms are
trustworthy
Verify that security architecture adheres to
the security policy
Verify that the applications that constitutethe system are trustworthy
 –
i.e.,
they have been developed using securecoding practices, or they are not malware.
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