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ICSE 2021
Sun 16 May - Sat 5 June 2021

This program is tentative and subject to change.

Tue 25 May 2021 10:50 - 11:10 at Blended Sessions Room 2 - 1.1.2. Developers: Behavior Chair(s): Andrea Zisman

Improper Input Validation (IIV) is a software vulnerability that occurs when a system does not safely handle input data. Even though IIV is easy to detect and fix, it still commonly happens in practice. In this paper, we study to what extent developers can detect IIV and investigate underlying reasons. This knowledge is essential to better understand how to support developers in creating secure software systems. We conduct an online experiment with 146 participants, of which 105 report at least three years of professional software development experience. Our results show that the existence of a visible attack scenario facilitates the detection of IIV vulnerabilities and that a significant portion of developers who did not find the vulnerability initially could identify it when warned about its existence. Yet, a total of 60 participants could not detect the vulnerability even after the warning. Other factors, such as the frequency with which the participants perform code reviews, influence the detection of IIV.

Data and materials: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3996696

This program is tentative and subject to change.

Tue 25 May
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10:30 - 11:30
1.1.2. Developers: BehaviorTechnical Track / SEIP - Software Engineering in Practice at Blended Sessions Room 2
Chair(s): Andrea ZismanThe Open University
10:30
20m
Paper
“Do this! Do that!, And nothing will happen” Do specifications lead to securely stored passwords?Technical Track
Technical Track
Joseph HallettUniversity of Bristol, Nikhil PatnaikUniversity of Bristol, Benjamin ShreeveUniversity of Bristol, Awais RashidUniversity of Bristol, UK
Pre-print
10:50
20m
Paper
Why don’t Developers Detect Improper Input Validation?'; DROP TABLE Papers; --Artifact ReusableTechnical TrackArtifact Available
Technical Track
Larissa BrazUniversity of Zurich, Enrico FregnanUniversity of Zurich, Gül CalikliChalmers | University of Gothenburg, Alberto BacchelliUniversity of Zurich
Pre-print Media Attached
11:10
20m
Paper
A Passion for Security: Intervening to Help Software DevelopersSEIP
SEIP - Software Engineering in Practice
Charles WeirLancaster University, Ingolf BeckerUniversity College London, Lynne BlairLancaster University
Pre-print