Suspicious Comment

The code contains comments that suggest the presence of bugs, incomplete functionality, or weaknesses.


Many suspicious comments, such as BUG, HACK, FIXME, LATER, LATER2, TODO, in the code indicate missing security functionality and checking. Others indicate code problems that programmers should fix, such as hard-coded variables, error handling, not using stored procedures, and performance issues.


The following examples help to illustrate the nature of this weakness and describe methods or techniques which can be used to mitigate the risk.

Note that the examples here are by no means exhaustive and any given weakness may have many subtle varieties, each of which may require different detection methods or runtime controls.

Example One

The following excerpt demonstrates the use of a suspicious comment in an incomplete code block that may have security repercussions.

if (user == null) {

  // TODO: Handle null user condition.


See Also

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