Weakest link in app security is customization

Thursday, 20 July 2006, 11:33 AM EST

The customization of off-the-shelf software is the weakest link in application security. This is particularly true for widely used enterprise products such as SAP and Oracle, according to Gartner research director Rich Mogull.

He said the massive amounts of customization required to get products from both SAP and Oracle to perform ideally means that IT managers have no failsafe point if some of the code creates vulnerabilities. As a result, managers have to cherrypick through code to find their own mistakes as opposed to downloading a patch from a vendor.

At Computerword.

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