OWASP Secure Coding Practices-Quick Reference Guide

Archived project

The OWASP Secure Coding Practices Quick-reference Guide project has now been archived.

The content of the Secure Coding Practices Quick-reference Guide overview and glossary has been migrated to various sections within the OWASP Developer Guide.

The Secure Coding Practices Quick-reference Guide checklists have also been migrated to the Developer Guide; this provides a wider audience for the original checklist.

Contact Jon Gadsden for any questions about this move.

v2.0.1 (current release)

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v1.1 (last reviewed release)

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Project Leaders


  • Andrew Petukhov
  • Anurag Agarwal
  • Brad Causey
  • Caleb McGary
  • Catherine Spencer
  • Dan Kranz
  • Jason Coleman
  • Jim Manico
  • Ludovic Petit
  • Michael V. Scovetta
  • Walt Pietrowski


Portuguese (PT & BR)

  • Tarcizio Vieira Neto
  • Alexandre Pupo
  • Carlos Serrão
  • Jorge Olimpia
  • Leandro Gomes
  • Paulo Silva
  • Rogério Vicente
  • Sílvio Correia Filho


  • OWASP Korea chapter


  • Gerardo Canedo
  • Mauro Flores
  • Alberto Hill
  • Mateo Martinez
  • Mauricio Papaleo
  • Nicolás Soarez
  • Cecilia Targetta


  • Henghui Lin
  • Jie Wang
  • Yongliang He

This is the archive of the original SCP web page

Welcome to the Secure Coding Practices Quick Reference Guide Project

The Secure Coding Practices Quick Reference Guide is a technology agnostic set of general software security coding practices, in a comprehensive checklist format, that can be integrated into the development lifecycle. At only 17 pages long, it is easy to read and digest.

The focus is on secure coding requirements, rather then on vulnerabilities and exploits. It includes an introduction to Software Security Principles and a glossary of key terms.

It is designed to serve as a secure coding kick-start tool and easy reference, to help development teams quickly understand secure coding practices.

Sections of the Guide:

  • Table of contents
  • Introduction
  • Software Security Principles Overview
  • Secure Coding Practices Checklist
  • Links to useful resources
  • Glossary of important terminology

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Related Presentations: This slide deck incorporates many concepts from the Quick reference guide, but also utilizes other OWASP resources. Web Application Development Dos and Donts - Presentation from the Royal Bank of Scotland

Related Projects: Go programming language secure coding practices guide, based on the OWASP Secure Coding Practices

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  • Keith Turpin

Contributors: * Dan Kranz

Translation Contributors

Portuguese Translation * Tarcizio Vieira Neto

Korean Translation * OWASP Korea chapter Spanish Translation * Canedo,Gerardo

  • Flores,Mauro
  • Hill,Alberto
  • Martinez,Mateo
  • Papaleo,Mauricio
  • Soarez,Nicolás
  • Targetta, Cecilia

Chinese Translation * Jie Wang

  • Yongliang He
  • Henghui Lin

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