The integrity of that software’s code is critical to its security.
If the code has vulnerabilities, these flaws could potentially be exploited by threat actors to compromise the entire application

A Secure Code Review will Protect Your Application by:

✓ Identifying application design, build and hosting security vulnerabilities

✓ Obtaining specific recommendations to enhance the security integrity of
the application

✓ Identifying and documenting threat agents and attack vectors

✓ Confirming the overall security integrity of the application through security
penetration testing

✓ Detecting and quantifying (likelihood & impact) of application
security risks

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    Our 6-step proven approach is adaptable to all software coding frameworks and fully scalable to address all project sizes.


    Features and Components

    The methodology is comprised of six components:


    Step 1: Conduct Reconnaissance

    The first step is to understand the application. Risk Crew will typically review all design documentation and artefacts associated with the application to confirm and document the following:

    • Primary Purpose
    • Secondary or Supplemental Purpose
    • Functionality
    • Design Objectives
    • Business Goals and Objectives
    • Application Use
    • Technology Stack
    • User Roles
    Threat Assessment

    Step 2: Conduct Threat Assessment

    Next, Risk Crew will identify the volume and sensitivity of the information assets to be processed, stored, or transmitted by the application in addition to any other considerations such as intellectual property, or connecting infrastructure to enumerate potential threats such as:

    • Data Theft
    • Information Disclosure
    • Spreading Malware
    • Encryption (i.e. Ransomware)
    • Phishing
    • Username Harvesting
    • Fraudulent Transactions

    Risk Crew enumerates specific security vulnerabilities associated with threats using the OWASP Checklist.


    Step 3: Conduct Automated Scan

    Upon completing the threat assessment, Risk Crew will then run a collection of both commercial scanning tools and in-house generated scripts against the application to identify vulnerabilities against confirmed threats.


    Step 4: Conduct Manual Verification

    All high and critical threat vulnerabilities identified in the automated scanning are then manually verified by a Risk Crew security engineer.

    This step of the process is essential for validating the automated findings and leaving assumptions unchallenged.


    Step 5: Confirm Vulnerabilities

    All manually confirmed, vulnerabilities are then manually exploited by Risk Crew security engineers to provide documented “proof of exploit” and for engineers to identify and confirm the applicable remediate action.

    This step is critical as it confirms the actual attack surface associated with the application.


    Step 6: Produce Report

    Finally, Risk Crew will document a detailed report of their findings and remedial recommendations. The report specifies each vulnerability found, its level of severity, the description, the specific location where it exists, visual evidence of its exploitation and step-by-step instructions for its remediation.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is a secure code review?

    A secure code review is a process for examining software code to identify vulnerabilities which if exploited, could compromise the security integrity of the software.

    What does a secure code review process entail?

    A secure code review process entails professional security engineers assessing the integrity of the code through the use of automated tools and databases of recognised coding flaws and security weaknesses.

    How long does a secure code review take?

    The length of time a code review takes is directly dependent on the language, length and complexity of the application under assessment. The firm reviewing your code should give you an estimate prior to engagement and confirm this before commencing the review.

    Is a secure code review mandatory?

    In many industries, including the healthcare and payment verticals, secure code reviews are a mandatory part of the compliance requirement. More significantly though, a security code review will significantly reduce the attack surface of an application and reduce the costs of remediation required to address the security vulnerabilities post-launch.

    When should a secure code review be conducted?

    In the SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle) process a secure code review is typically conducted at the end of the Development Phase to ensure time for cost-effective remediation of any coding flaws identified. Alternatively, before the launch of the application to ensure the vulnerabilities are not exposed.