Insecure Design

Insecure Design OWASP Top 10 – Vulnerability Explained

May 23, 2022

9 min read

Sudip Sengupta

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When designing applications, developers are recommended to use secure design patterns, diligently planned threat modeling, and reference architectures that keep the application free of security gaps. Lack of effective security controls in the design phase often results in an application being susceptible to many weaknesses, collectively known as insecure design vulnerabilities. This article discusses insecure design flaws, potential impacts, and mitigation strategies.

What is Insecure Design?

Insecure design encompasses various risks that arise from ignoring design and architectural best practices, starting from the planning phase before actual implementation. A quick point to note here is that an insecure design differs from an insecure implementation, and a near-perfect implementation cannot prevent defects arising from an insecure design. While the Insecure design flaw is a new entrant to the OWASP top 10, it ranks number four on the 2021 list since mitigating risks at the design phase is considered fundamental toward ‘Shift Left’ security practices.

What are Insecure Design Vulnerabilities?

Insecure design vulnerabilities arise when developers, QA, and/or security teams fail to anticipate and evaluate threats during the code design phase. These vulnerabilities are also a consequence of the non-adherence of security best practices while designing an application. As the threat landscape evolves, mitigating design vulnerabilities requires consistent threat modeling

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