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Server-Side Request Forgery along with XSS and CSRF are some of the most serious web security vulnerabilities due to pervasiveness and impact. Strengthen your cybersecurity IQ with these attack and mitigation examples.
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As a backend developer at a mobile app company, a common task was migrating a database schema. This could be to improve query performance, change column names/types, or adapt data to new use cases. While this may seem like a straightforward set of SQL commands, it becomes a complex choreographed dance to be achieved with zero downtime.
Imagine discovering a serious bug in production immediately after releasing your game. Imagine this bug hurts only your paying customers. Imagine it freezes the game immediately after players complete an in-app purchase. Imagine that when the player restarts, the game freezes during start-up. Imagine the player can never get unstuck and has to uninstall the game. Imagine your app is currently featured on the Apple Store. This is a story of such a bug, the worst bug I have ever dealt with in 30 years of programming. This is a story of how we tracked it down and worked with Unity to fix it.
Okay, so you're a CS graduate and you did a hardware course as part of your degree, but perhaps that was a few years ago now and you haven't really kept up with the details of processor designs since then.
When it comes to code reviews, it’s a common phenomenon that there is much focus and long-winded discussions around mundane aspects like code formatting and style, whereas important aspects (does the code change do what it is supposed to do, is it performant, is it backwards-compatible for existing clients, and many others) tend to get less attention.