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CRV2 AntiPattern

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In software engineering, a design pattern is a reusable solution to a common occurring problem that can be generalized to be used a numerous contexts of software design.

Anti-patterns are commonly used patterns used in software engineering but are ineffective, counterproductive, and may result in software vulnerabilities.

The Code Review Guide will focus on anti-design patterns that help create in-secure code/applications.

Information Disclosure Through Exception:

Error information for a hacker is like a bone to a dog; “Something good to chew on“. Without controlling what error information is shown to a user the application may release information such as platform target code is running on, database being used, computer language, etc. The significance of each piece of information allows the hacker to quickly narrow what tools he uses and what vulnerabilities he might try to exploit.


What is the flaw?
} catch (exception e) {YourLogger.Log(e);}

This exception was not handled. The exception was log but the program is allow to continue executing. This is contrary to good secure design. When exceptions occur the code needs to handled the exception not just log it. Programs need to fail and fail fast and securely. If the program is not allow to fail because of business rules it needs to know how to handled it's state to be able to recover in a secure manner.

} catch (exception e) { YourLogger.Log(e); throw e; } 

is incorrect.

} catch (exception e) { YourLogger.Log(e); throw new Exception("Your exception description");

is incorrect.

} catch (exception e) { YourLogger.Log(e); throw new Exception("Your exception description ",e); 

Throw new Exception could be valid if you want to hide the original error, perhaps a security related issue.

Secure Design Recommendation:

At minimum exception handling should have...

} catch (Exception ex) {YourLogger.Log(ex); throw;}
Review Criteria

Static analysis tools like Cat.Net or FxCop are good at finding information leakage from exceptions. Code reviewer needs to understand how exceptions and unhanded exceptions are handled by the program.

Need link here on what information is valid to log