Security and the Twelve-Factor App - Step 11
A blog series by WhiteHat Security
October 15, 2019

Eric Sheridan
WhiteHat Security

In the previous chapter of this WhiteHat Security series, DEV/product parity was the key focus area, and relates to keeping development, staging and production as similar as possible. The security posture to adopt when striving for DEV/prod parity as you move through the Twelve-Factors is to ensure that product secrets are not shared.

Step 11 suggests treating logs as event streams.

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Defining Logs in the Twelve-Factor App explains that Logs, which are the stream of aggregated, time-ordered events collected from the output streams of all running processes and backing services, offer visibility into the behaviour of a running app.

A twelve-factor app never concerns itself with routing or storage of its output stream. It should not attempt to write to or manage logfiles. Instead, each running process writes its event stream, unbuffered, to stdout. During local development, the developer will view this stream in the foreground of their terminal to observe the app’s behavior.

Applying Security to Step 11

The most important security step in this factor is to log for security in such a way that anyone who is aggregating the log can easily extract the security log messages to avoid being burdened with stack traces for example.

In other words, create a log record for each security critical event with supporting information, as well as a "SECURITY" log record category to assist in aggregation.

In the final chapter we cover Step 12, which is all about admin processes and running admin/management tasks as one-off processes.

Eric Sheridan is Chief Scientist at WhiteHat Security
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