Invocation of a Control Element at an Unnecessarily Deep Horizontal Layer

The code at one architectural layer invokes code that resides at a deeper layer than the adjacent layer, i.e., the invocation skips at least one layer, and the invoked code is not part of a vertical utility layer that can be referenced from any horizontal layer.


This issue makes it more difficult to understand and maintain the product, which indirectly affects security by making it more difficult or time-consuming to find and/or fix vulnerabilities. It also might make it easier to introduce vulnerabilities.

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Comprehensive Categorization: Poor Coding Practices

Weaknesses in this category are related to poor coding practices.

CISQ Quality Measures - Maintainability

Weaknesses in this category are related to the CISQ Quality Measures for Maintainability. Presence of these weaknesses could reduce the maintainability of the software.

Encapsulation Issues

Weaknesses in this category are related to issues surrounding the bundling of data with the methods intended to operate on that data.

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