Secure Code Review
What is a Secure Code Review Service?
A secure code review is a «white box» testing activity aimed at analyzing application source code and determining potential security weaknesses and flaws in the code. It is a strategic review of a system’s code to discover hidden security vulnerabilities and verify if necessary security controls are in place. DataArt’s code review services include a combination of scanning tools and manual review to identify security flaws in source code.
Why Do You Need a Secure Code Review?
A secure code review should be integrated into the development life cycle at an early stage, which reduces the time it takes for developers to remediate security bugs. Even experienced developers inject numerous defects, so conducting a full code review is an efficient way to save your business from hidden code issues, plus it helps:
- Detect vulnerabilities early while still easy and cheap to fix.
- Make sure that your code satisfies industry regulations and compliance standards.
- Identify if the source code is inadvertently revealing any sensitive business data.
- Identify weak points in your code before an attack is planned.
- Get a deeper view of any security issues in your code and security exposure points.
DataArt’s cyber-security experts have decades of experience conducting code reviews and continue to stay up-to-date with the latest best practices. We help Fortune 1000 companies to maintain a high level of secure coding so as to ensure successful product release. Our team members are well-versed in a wide range of programming languages. Thus, a source code review with language-specific security expertise helps our clients to identify critical flaws and prevent a major data breach.
DataArt provides our clients with independent secure code audits as well as integrated code review being an ongoing part of a software development process. In the second case, our cybersecurity experts become a seamless part of your technology team, thoroughly reviewing your code.
As the first step for a security code review, DataArt gathers detailed information about the client’s system followed by the creation of a comprehensive threat profile. Then our security experts examine the code layout to create a specific code review plan. DataArt uses both manual reviews and static analysis tools to survey the source code of the targeted applications and identify potential vulnerabilities.
Automated secure code review
Most of the static analysis tools are fast, efficient, easy to use, and automates the whole secure code review process. They test quickly and in large chunks of code. They help to raise developer security awareness and detect the first layer of existing vulnerabilities. However, these tools still need to be supported by a manual code review performed by security experts who can overcome the limitations of static analysis.
Manual secure code review
Manual review is a tedious process of reading source code line-by-line in order to identify potential vulnerabilities. For manual reviews, DataArt adopts the process and guidelines described in the OWASP Code Review Guide. Additionally, DataArt considers the list of application security requirements from the OWASP Application Security Verification Standard 3.0 (level 3). The manual code review dives deeply into the code logic and uncovers flaws in the design and architecture most automated tools couldn’t find.
As a part of a manual secure code review, DataArt experts:
- Identify different types of threat agents and potential attack vectors
- Identify all application inputs and outputs
- Perform dynamic and static data flow analysis
- Perform analysis of application transactions
- Review the implementation of application security controls
- Crawl the source code for specific security vulnerabilities
Thus, a mix of static analysis tools and manual review is the best combination to avoid any hidden vulnerabilities in the source code. Once all the code is analyzed, we present our findings and create a comprehensible report, detailing all security weaknesses revealed during the code review process together with severity levels and recommendations for how to remediate each vulnerability that was identified.
FAQ on Secure Code Review:
What’s the difference between secure code review and penetration testing?
Secure Code Reviews and Pen Tests are both important processes to assure the security of your organization. The secure code review is a white-box methodology where the code reviewer dives deeply into the code logic to identify security issues hidden in a source code whereas penetration testing is a controlled process that simulates a real-world attack from malicious users and/or external attackers.
What languages do you support?
What kind of vulnerabilities are your reviewers looking for?
Aside from our static analysis, we’re paying attention to the most critical security controls and vulnerability areas such as input handling, data validation, authentication, session management, access control, the security of local caches, use of cryptography, security configuration, use of components with known vulnerabilities, application logic defects, etc.