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25 big reasons for testing software

Posted in security testing,Software testing by testing in London on January 14, 2009


Experts from more than 30 US and international cyber security organisations have released a list of the 25 most dangerous programming errors that lead to security bugs and that enable cyber espionage and cyber crime. Shockingly, most of these errors are not well understood by programmers; their avoidance is not widely taught by computer science programs; and their presence is frequently not tested by organisations developing software for sale.

The impact of these errors is far reaching. Just two of them led to more than 1.5 million web site security breaches during 2008 – and those breaches cascaded onto the computers of people who visited those web sites, turning their computers into zombies.

It is intended that software testing tools will use the Top 25 in their evaluations and provide scores for the level of secure coding in software being tested. Already one of the leading software testing vendors has announced that its software will be able to test for and report on the presence of a large fraction of the Top 25 Errors. Application development teams will use such testing software during the development process.

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