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Security metrics for object-oriented designs

Alshammari, Bandar, Fidge, Colin J., & Corney, Diane (2010) Security metrics for object-oriented designs. In Nobel, James & Fidge, Colin J. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 21st Australian Software Engineering Conference (ASWEC 2010), IEEE Computer Society, Hyatt Regency, Auckland, pp. 55-64.

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Abstract

Several studies have developed metrics for software quality attributes of object-oriented designs such as reusability and functionality. However, metrics which measure the quality attribute of information security have received little attention. Moreover, existing security metrics measure either the system from a high level (i.e. the whole system’s level) or from a low level (i.e. the program code’s level). These approaches make it hard and expensive to discover and fix vulnerabilities caused by software design errors. In this work, we focus on the design of an object-oriented application and define a number of information security metrics derivable from a program’s design artifacts. These metrics allow software designers to discover and fix security vulnerabilities at an early stage, and help compare the potential security of various alternative designs. In particular, we present security metrics based on composition, coupling, extensibility, inheritance, and the design size of a given object-oriented, multi-class program from the point of view of potential information flow.

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ID Code: 38821
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Quality, Security, Metrics, Refactoring
DOI: 10.1109/ASWEC.2010.34
ISBN: 9780769540061
ISSN: 1530-0803
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > COMPUTER SOFTWARE (080300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > COMPUTER SOFTWARE (080300) > Computer System Security (080303)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > COMPUTER SOFTWARE (080300) > Software Engineering (080309)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 IEEE Computer Society
Deposited On: 24 Nov 2010 08:37
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2014 15:38

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