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Issue No.04 - July/August (2009 vol.7)
pp: 84-87
Gunnar Peterson , Arctec Group
ABSTRACT
Undocumented assumptions are often the cause of serious software system failure. Thus, to reduce such failures, developers must become better at discovering and documenting their assumptions. In this article, we focus on common categories of assumptions in software, discuss methods for recognizing when developers are making them, and recommend techniques for documenting them.
INDEX TERMS
Building security in, assumptions, software development
CITATION
Andy Steingruebl, Gunnar Peterson, "Software Assumptions Lead to Preventable Errors", IEEE Security & Privacy, vol.7, no. 4, pp. 84-87, July/August 2009, doi:10.1109/MSP.2009.107
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