From the Preface:
This guide gives you a solid foundation for designing, building, and configuring secure ASP.NET Web applications. Whether you have existing applications or are building new ones, you can apply the guidance to help you make sure that your Web applications are hack-resilient.
The information in this guide is based on proven practices for improving your Web application's security. The guidance is task-based and presented in parts that correspond to product life cycles, tasks, and roles.
Traditionally, security has been considered a network issue, where the firewall is the primary defense (the fortress model) or something that system administrators handle by locking down the host computers. Application architects and developers have traditionally treated security as an afterthought or as a feature to be considered as time permits — usually after performance considerations are addressed.
The problem with the firewall, or fortress model, is that attacks can pass through network defenses directly to the application. A typical firewall helps to restrict traffic to HTTP, but the HTTP traffic can contain commands that exploit application vulnerabilities. Relying entirely on locking down your hosts is another unsuccessful approach. While several threats can be effectively countered at the host level, application attacks represent a serious and increasing security issue.
Another area where security problems occur is deployment. A familiar scenario is when an application fails when it is deployed in a locked-down production environment, which forces the administrator to loosen security settings. This often leads to new security vulnerabilities. In addition, a lack of security policy or application requirements that are inconsistent with policy can compromise security. One of the goals of this guide is to help bridge this gap between development and operations.
Random security is not enough. To make your application hack-resilient, you need a holistic and systematic approach to securing your network, host, and application. The responsibility spans phases and roles across the product life cycle. Security is not a destination; it is a journey. This guide will help you on your way.
This guide is for anyone concerned with planning, building, deploying, or operating Web applications. The guide contains essential information for designers, developers, system administrators, and security analysts.
Designers will learn how to avoid costly security mistakes and how to make appropriate design choices early in the product development life cycle. Developers will learn how to implement defensive coding techniques and build secure code. System administrators will learn how to methodically secure servers and networks, and security analysts will learn how to perform security assessments.
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