What should every programmer know about security? - Stack Overflow: "Never trust user input!
Validate input from all untrusted sources - use whitelists not blacklists
Plan for security from the start - it's not something you can bolt on at the end
Keep it simple - complexity increases the likelihood of security holes
Keep your attack surface to a minimum
Make sure you fail securely
Use defence in depth
Adhere to the principle of least privilege
Use threat modelling
Compartmentalize - so your system is not all or nothing
Hiding secrets is hard - and secrets hidden in code won't stay secret for long
Don't write your own crypto
Using crypto doesn't mean you're secure (attackers will look for a weaker link)
Be aware of buffer overflows and how to protect against them"
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