By Michal Zalewski
--Tavis Ormandy, Google Inc.
Modern internet purposes are outfitted on a tangle of applied sciences which have been built over the years after which haphazardly pieced jointly. every bit of the net program stack, from HTTP requests to browser-side scripts, comes with very important but sophisticated defense effects. to maintain clients secure, it truly is crucial for builders to with a bit of luck navigate this landscape.
In The Tangled Web, Michal Zalewski, one of many world's best browser safeguard specialists, deals a compelling narrative that explains precisely how browsers paintings and why they're essentially insecure. instead of dispense simplistic suggestion on vulnerabilities, Zalewski examines the full browser safeguard version, revealing susceptible issues and offering the most important details for shoring up net program protection. you will find out how to:
- Perform universal yet strangely complicated projects corresponding to URL parsing and HTML sanitization
- Use glossy security measures like Strict delivery protection, content material safeguard coverage, and Cross-Origin source Sharing
- Leverage many variations of the same-origin coverage to securely compartmentalize complicated internet functions and shield person credentials in case of XSS bugs
- Build mashups and embed instruments with out getting stung through the tough body navigation policy
- Embed or host user-supplied content material with no operating into the capture of content material sniffing
For quickly reference, "Security Engineering Cheat Sheets" on the finish of every bankruptcy supply prepared recommendations to difficulties you are probably to come across. With insurance extending so far as deliberate HTML5 good points, The Tangled internet may also help you create safe internet functions that stand the try of time.
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