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Secure Coding: Principles and Practices by Kenneth R. van Wyk, Mark G. Graff

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6.5. Case Studies

In the following sections, we describe a few situations we've dealt with in our careers that illustrate various scenarios that are relatively common in industry. We provide insight here as to how we approached the problems and the types of testing, tools, and methodologies that we used along the way. We've tried to provide some insight into the rationales we used in making our various selections.

6.5.1. Case 1: Full Service Network Review

Several years ago, we were asked by a telecommunications company to perform a "paper review" of the security architecture of a so-called full services network (FSN), a video, audio, and data network that was to run on top of an Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) infrastructure. The design was intended to provide bandwidth on demand to their customers for a wide range of these different services.

In discussing the project goals and objectives with the company, we learned that their chief concern was in preventing people connected to the FSN from being able to fraudulently provision services (and not get charged for them). Because service theft represents their primary source of lost revenue, this seemed logical to them.

We started by reviewing the network and server architecture in-depth, looking for flaws in the design of how data or administrative traffic would traverse the network. Of particular attention during this part of the review was ensuring that the identification and authentication (I&A) of all customers on the network ...

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