Inclusion of Sensitive Information in Source Code Comments
While adding general comments is very useful, some programmers tend to leave important data, such as: filenames related to the web application, old links or links which were not meant to be browsed by users, old code fragments, etc.
An attacker who finds these comments can map the application's structure and files, expose hidden parts of the site, and study the fragments of code to reverse engineer the application, which may help develop further attacks against the site.
The following examples help to illustrate the nature of this weakness and describe methods or techniques which can be used to mitigate the risk.
Note that the examples here are by no means exhaustive and any given weakness may have many subtle varieties, each of which may require different detection methods or runtime controls.
The following comment, embedded in a JSP, will be displayed in the resulting HTML output.
Weaknesses in this category are related to sensitive information exposure.
This category identifies Software Fault Patterns (SFPs) within the Exposed Data cluster (SFP23).
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This view (slice) lists weaknesses that can be introduced during implementation.