Security for Microsoft Visual Basic .NET

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Learn the techniques that every developer who works with Visual Basic .NET should know about designing, developing, and developing security-enhanced applications for Microsoft Windows® and the Web. Visual Basic .NET experts Ed Robinson and Mike Bond introduce critical security concepts using straightforward language and step-by-step examples. You get clear, end-to-end guidance—covering application design, coding techniques, testing methods, and deployment strategies, along with direction on how to help secure the...

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Overview

Learn the techniques that every developer who works with Visual Basic .NET should know about designing, developing, and developing security-enhanced applications for Microsoft Windows® and the Web. Visual Basic .NET experts Ed Robinson and Mike Bond introduce critical security concepts using straightforward language and step-by-step examples. You get clear, end-to-end guidance—covering application design, coding techniques, testing methods, and deployment strategies, along with direction on how to help secure the operating system and related infrastructure and services.

Discover how to:

  • Design a security-enhanced architecture
  • Understand the most common vulnerabilities and how to write code to prevent them
  • Implement authentication and authorization techniques in your applications
  • Learn techniques for encryption, input validation, and exception handling
  • Add Windows, Forms, and Passport authentication to Web applications
  • Perform a security threat analysis and implement countermeasures
  • Think like a hacker—and uncover security holes
  • Create a setup for your application that implements security during installation
  • Lock down the Windows operating system, Microsoft IIS, Microsoft SQL Server®, and Microsoft Access® databases
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735619197
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 6/11/2003
  • Series: Developer Reference Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.45 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Ed Robinson is a member of the Microsoft Visual Basic .NET team and coauthor of Upgrading Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 to Microsoft Visual Basic .NET, published by Microsoft Press®. He has been through the Microsoft security program, understands the Visual Basic developer, and spoke at TechEd conference about writing secure components with Visual Basic .NET.

Michael Bond is a member of the Microsoft Visual Basic .NET team and co-author of Upgrading Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 to Microsoft Visual Basic .NET, published by Microsoft Press®. He has been through the Microsoft security program, understands the Visual Basic developer, and spoke at the most recent TechEd conference about writing secure components with Visual Basic .NET.

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Table of Contents

Dedication;
Introduction;
How to Use This Book;
How to Use the Code Samples;
A Final Word;
Corrections, Comments, and Help;
Acknowledgments;
Development Techniques;
Chapter 1: Encryption;
1.1 Practice Files;
1.2 Hash Digests;
1.3 Private Key Encryption;
1.4 Public Key Encryption;
1.5 Hiding Unnecessary Information;
1.6 Encryption in the Real World;
1.7 Summary;
Chapter 2: Role-Based Authorization;
2.1 Role-Based Authorization Exercise;
2.2 Windows Integrated Security;
2.3 ASP.NET Authentication and Authorization;
2.4 Role-Based Authorization in the Real World;
2.5 Summary;
Chapter 3: Code-Access Security;
3.1 How Actions Are Considered Safe or Unsafe;
3.2 What Prevents Harmful Code from Executing?;
3.3 It’s On By Default;
3.4 Security Features and the Visual Basic .NET Developer;
3.5 Code-Access Security vs. Application Role-Based Security;
3.6 Run Your Code in Different Security Zones;
3.7 Code-Access Security in the Real World;
3.8 Summary;
Chapter 4: ASP.NET Authentication;
4.1 EmployeeManagementWeb Practice Files;
4.2 Forms Authentication;
4.3 Windows Integrated Security Authentication;
4.4 Passport Authentication;
4.5 ASP.NET Authentication in the Real World;
4.6 Summary;
Chapter 5: Securing Web Applications;
5.1 Secure Sockets Layer;
5.2 Securing Web Services;
5.3 Implementing an Audit Trail;
5.4 Securing Web Applications in the Real World;
5.5 Summary;
Ensuring Hack-Resistant Code;
Chapter 6: Application Attacks and How to Avoid Them;
6.1 Denial of Service Attacks;
6.2 File-Based or Directory-Based Attacks;
6.3 SQL-Injection Attacks;
6.4 Cross-Site Scripting Attacks;
6.5 Child-Application Attacks;
6.6 Guarding Against Attacks in the Real World;
6.7 Summary;
Chapter 7: Validating Input;
7.1 Working with Input Types and Validation Tools;
7.2 Summary;
Chapter 8: Handling Exceptions;
8.1 Where Exceptions Occur;
8.2 Exception Handling;
8.3 Global Exception Handlers;
8.4 Exception Handling in the Real World;
8.5 Summary;
Chapter 9: Testing for Attack-Resistant Code;
9.1 Plan of Attack—The Test Plan;
9.2 Attack—Execute the Plan;
9.3 Common Testing Mistakes;
9.4 Testing in the Real World;
9.5 Summary;
Deployment and Configuration;
Chapter 10: Securing Your Application for Deployment;
10.1 Deployment Techniques;
10.2 Code-Access Security and Deployment;
10.3 Certificates and Signing;
10.4 Deploying .NET Security Policy Updates;
10.5 Protecting Your Code—Obfuscation;
10.6 Deployment Checklist;
10.7 Deployment in the Real World;
10.8 Summary;
Chapter 11: Locking Down Windows, Internet Information Services, and .NET;
11.1 "I’m Already Protected. I’m Using a Firewall.";
11.2 Fundamental Lockdown Principles;
11.3 Automated Tools;
11.4 Locking Down Windows Clients;
11.5 Locking Down Windows Servers;
11.6 Locking Down IIS;
11.7 Locking Down .NET;
11.8 Summary;
Chapter 12: Securing Databases;
12.1 Core Database Security Concepts;
12.2 SQL Server Authentication;
12.3 SQL Server Authorization;
12.4 Microsoft Access Authentication and Authorization;
12.5 Locking Down Microsoft Access;
12.6 Locking Down SQL Server;
12.7 Summary;
Enterprise-Level Security;
Chapter 13: Ten Steps to Designing a Secure Enterprise System;
13.1 Design Challenges;
13.2 Step 1: Believe You Will Be Attacked;
13.3 Step 2: Design and Implement Security at the Beginning;
13.4 Step 3: Educate the Team;
13.5 Step 4: Design a Secure Architecture;
13.6 Step 5: Threat-Model the Vulnerabilities;
13.7 Step 6: Use Windows Security Features;
13.8 Step 7: Design for Simplicity and Usability;
13.9 Step 8: No Back Doors;
13.10 Step 9: Secure the Network with a Firewall;
13.11 Step 10: Design for Maintenance;
13.12 Summary;
Chapter 14: Threats—Analyze, Prevent, Detect, and Respond;
14.1 Analyze for Threats and Vulnerabilities;
14.2 Prevent Attacks by Mitigating Threats;
14.3 Detection;
14.4 Respond to an Attack;
14.5 Security Threats in the Real World;
14.6 Summary;
Chapter 15: Threat Analysis Exercise;
15.1 Analyze for Threats;
15.2 Respond to Threats;
15.3 Summary;
Chapter 16: Future Trends;
16.1 The Arms Race of Hacking;
16.2 What Happens Next?;
16.3 Responding to Security Threats;
16.4 Summary;
Guide to the Code Samples;
Employee Management System;
Employee Management Web;
Encryption Demo;
TogglePassportEnvironment utility;
Employee Database Structure;
Migrating the Employee Database to SQL Server 2000;
Contents of SecurityLibrary.vb;
Hash Digests;
Private Key Encryption;
DPAPI Encryption;
Public Key Encryption;
Logging Exceptions;
Role-Based Security;
Validating Input;
About the Authors;
Ed Robinson;
Michael Bond;

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