Simply put, DevSecOps is a method for folding security throughout the software development lifecycle (SDLC). Instead of having a check box at the end, near release, which can be expensive, instead the software is tested repeatedly throughout the development lifecycle. This reflects the fact that software is no longer waterfall by design, that is you state your goal and keep working until you produce the result.
Fuzzing always proves a vulnerability is present. As a result, users can always identify real problems and not waste time chasing false positives. After a one-time configuration step per app, users can set up an automated platform to fuzz their apps on each new release.
Developers get paid primarily to develop features and improve functionality. Traditional security tools only point out flaws, but fuzzers add value by automatically building a test and evaluation suite that goes beyond security.
A frequently asked question in software testing is “Is that enough testing, or should we do more?” Whether you’re writing unit tests for your programs or finding bugs in closed-source third-party software, knowing what code you have and have not covered is an important piece of information. In this article, we’ll introduce bncov, an open source tool developed by ForAllSecure, and demonstrate how it can be used to answer common questions that arise in software testing.
By proactively mitigating against new threats, progressive organizations are betting that continuous testing is the answer to developing increasingly complex, interconnected software at scale. Continuous testing enables security teams to keep pace with development and operations teams in modern development, and to deliver deep integration and automation of security tooling. These requirements have led to increased interest in emerging techniques that prioritize automation, accuracy, and simplicity.
So how does Google check and protect Chrome’s millions of lines of code? With fuzzing, a dynamic and nondeterministic security testing technique that allows developers to continuously and automatically check the ever-evolving web browser, including supply chain dependencies. In 2019, Google reported finding over 20,000 vulnerabilities automatically with its in-house fuzzing toolchain.
Google isn’t alone. Microsoft, for example, lists fuzzing as one of the steps in the Software Development Lifecycle, using it not just to find vulnerabilities, but also to improve the robustness of its own products.
Perhaps surprisingly, the Department of Defense includes fuzzing in many of its requirements. For example, the DOD Enterprise DevSecOps Reference Design requires fuzz testing, as does the Application Security and Development Security Technical Implementation Guide.
Want to learn more about fuzz testing, see our Ultimate Guide to Fuzz Testing.
Want to learn more about application security, see our Art and Science of Application Security Testing guide.