Security assessment of code refactoring rules

Alshammari, Bandar, Fidge, Colin J., & Corney, Diane (2012) Security assessment of code refactoring rules. In Proceedings of the Saudi Arabian National Workshop on Information Assurance Research (WIAR 2012), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.) & IET (The Institution of Engineering and Technology), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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Abstract

Refactoring is a common approach to producing better quality software. Its impact on many software quality properties, including reusability, maintainability and performance, has been studied and measured extensively. However, its impact on the information security of programs has received relatively little attention. In this work, we assess the impact of a number of the most common code-level refactoring rules on data security, using security metrics that are capable of measuring security from the viewpoint of potential information flow. The metrics are calculated for a given Java program using a static analysis tool we have developed to automatically analyse compiled Java bytecode. We ran our Java code analyser on various programs which were refactored according to each rule. New values of the metrics for the refactored programs then confirmed that the code changes had a measurable effect on information security.

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ID Code: 56382
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Object-orientation, Software Security, Security Metrics, Software Refactoring, Information Flow
ISBN: 9783800734320
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > COMPUTER SOFTWARE (080300) > Computer System Security (080303)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Past > Institutes > Information Security Institute
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 IEEE
Deposited On: 11 Jan 2013 01:08
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2014 05:05

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