Better software through debugging and unit testing -- Debugging for security

Application security is, unfortunately, still an afterthought in the SDLC. Debugging, however, presents a perfect opportunity to root out security holes.

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   Software debugging basics
   Unit testing basics
   Unit testing, Extreme Programming and TDD
   Debugging for security
   Other useful resources



  Debugging for security

Application security is, unfortunately, still an afterthought in the SDLC. Debugging, however, presents a perfect opportunity to root out security holes. Developers and testers need to keep an eye out for insecurities when scouring their code for bugs.

Source code analysis is a debugging process. Often associated with application security, source code analysis, which includes static analysis and dynamic analysis, is a highly beneficial process.

The next section of this guide has more useful resources on unit testing and debugging.

This was first published in November 2007

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