Rule suggestions

Dec 21, 2010 at 5:06 AM

Which rules would you like to see added?

Aug 5, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Hi Sacha,

I'm trying out the new rules and notice that through Visual Studio 2010 Premium SP1, the new rulesets are only inside the Microsoft All Rules set found at C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Team Tools\Static Analysis Tools\Rule Sets\AllRules.ruleset.

However, some of the rules are not defined, in particular the one for CSRF that I was really wanting to try out. The rules you mentioned on the Home page of this site say that:

Verifies if the EnableViewState directive is not set to false on a certain page.

Verifies if the Page.ViewStateUserKey is being used in the application to prevent CSRF.

They are supposed to be in the ruleset, but I can't find them. I opened up the ruleset definition from Visual Studio 2010 Premium and in the list of rules under ASP.NET.Security there are only 4 items:

CA5327, CA5328, CA5329, CA5330

In ASP.NET.MVC.Security (which doesn't apply in my case as my project is a WebForm Web Application (not a WebSite)) there are 2 rules: CA5332 and CA5333

In the ASP.NET.Security.Configuration set there are 20 rules numbered sequentially from CA5400 to CA5419.

I don't know how many more rules are missing, but the 2 mentioned above are certainly not here. I also tried a search on the keyword "viewstate" and didn't find them either.

Please let me know what happened to those rules and why they don't show up.



Aug 8, 2012 at 10:44 AM

These rules are a really great start.

1.  I would like to validate the encryption method and keysize used in the machinekey, it's great ensuring viewstate and cookies are encrypted but if it's using SHA with a 56bit key then it's pretty trivial to decrypt.

2. Slightly trickier one but I would like to ensure that session.abandon is used when a logout is invoked, often I find apps just remove cookies but do not end the session on the server.

3. To prevent session fixation, logging in should generate a new session key rather use the one provided to the anonymous user.  A check for that kind of event would be great, again trickier to automatically check for.