Join Kevin Skoglund for an in-depth discussion in this video Keeping credentials private, part of Foundations of Programming: Web Security.
…In the last movie, we learned the…importance of keeping your backstage information private.…The most sensitive of all information are credentials, user names and passwords.…I'm not talking about customer credentials.…Those are probably stored in a data base.…I'm talking about the credentials that your code uses to do its job.…You should have a password protected database.…If your code is going to connect to that database, then…it needs the user name and password to be stored somewhere.…If your…code connects to a credit card payment processor, it probably…has a username and password for connecting to that payment processor.…
If your code is stored in a code repository, you may have a…username and password to allow your site to pull updates from the repository.…Often, these credentials are stored in plain text.…There's nothing wrong with that as long as you give them the highest level of care.…You need to recognize them as being very powerful keys.…They have to be carefully guarded.…The first step in being able to do that is to keep them separate from your code.…
This course is great for developers who want to secure their client's websites, and for anyone else who wants to learn more about web security.
- Why security matters
- What is a hacker?
- How to write a security policy
- Cross-site scripting (XSS)
- Cross-site request forgery (CSRF)
- SQL injection
- Session hijacking and fixation
- Passwords and encryption
- Secure credit card payments
Skill Level Beginner
1. Security Overview
2. General Security Principles
3. Filtering Input, Controlling Output
4. The Most Common Attacks
5. Encryption and User Authentication
6. Other Areas of Concern
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