Security Testing for DevOps: Requirements

The DevOps model promises to allow software companies to significantly faster (i.e., more frequently) shipping updates to their customers. A key requirement for this is a high degree of test automation: This does not only apply to testing functional testing, it is at least as important for all security testing activities – which are still often done manually or semi-automated.

Monadic Sequence Testing?!

Specification-based sequence testing is usually associated with various kinds of automaton models. While it is intuitive to model sequential systems (or communicating systems) as automatons, there is an interesting alternative: monads. Monads have been proven to be very successful in functional programming (e.g., Haskell) for representing step-wise computations. Thus, why not use them for sequence testing?

Cordova Security Considerations

More and more (mobile) apps are written in Apache Cordova (or its proprietary variants such as PhoneGap or SAP Kapsel). Apache Cordova is a framework that allows to easily write (mobile) apps for many different platforms using a hybrid development approach, i.e., combining web development technologies (HTML5 and JavaScript) with native development techniques such as Java or Objective C.

Combining web and native technologies creates new security challenges as, e. g., an XSS attacker becomes more powerful. For example, a XSS vulnerability might allow an attacker to access the calendar of a device or delete the address book.

OWASP Sheffield: Developing Secure Software

I am looking forward to my first OWASP meeting in Sheffield (it’s actually the second meeting of the Sheffield OWASP Chapter). I will give a talk on my experiences in introducing and implementing a security testing strategy within a large (more than 25000 developers) and international software development team. There will be even more interesting talks (as well as free beer in pizza).

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