Monday, December 28, 2009

Eight Basic Rules to Implement Secure File Uploads

The IIS semicolon file extension issue prompted me to jot down some of the rules to implement file uploads securely. This is in particular complex as there is usually no easy way to validate the content of the file.

The overall goal is to build a set of defensive layers that tightly control the process of uploading the file and later retrieval of the file. The user will always interact indirectly with the file and never directly access the file system without application control.


Microsoft has released a note on their MSRC blog regrading the new vulnerability.

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