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Key Announcements from the Summer ‘24 Release_AutoRABIT

AutoRABIT Engineering Blog: Key Announcements from the Summer ‘24 Release

By Prasanth Samudrala, AutoRABIT VP of Solutions Engineering

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The Salesforce Summer ’24 release introduces a plethora of new feature announcements and enhancements designed to improve functionality, efficiency, and user experience. However, with these new capabilities come potential security hotspots that developers must be aware of to ensure a secure environment. Here, we highlight the key announcements and associated security considerations to keep your Salesforce deployment secure, along with practical code examples.

We’ll cover these critical aspects of Salesforce’s summer 2024 release:

Key Announcements and Security Considerations

  1. Lightning Web Components (LWC) Enhancements
  2. Apex Enhancements
  3. Data Cloud Highlights

How AutoRABIT’s Suite of Products Can Help You

  1. Security and Quality Rules
  2. Quality Gates
  3. Continuous Monitoring and Training

Key Announcements and Security Considerations

1. Lightning Web Components (LWC) Enhancements

URL-Addressable LWC Components

  • Feature Announced: LWCs can now be made URL-addressable without embedding them within an Aura component.
  • Security Hotspot: Ensure validation and sanitization of URL parameters to prevent injection attacks. Implement checks to verify user permissions for accessing these components.
  • Best Practices: Use Salesforce-provided functions to handle URL parameters and always validate user inputs.
  • Example:

Utility Bar API for LWCs

  • Feature Announced: The lightning/platformUtilityBarApi module provides API methods to manage utilities within the utility bar.
  • Security Hotspot: Control access to utility bar functions to prevent unauthorized actions. Validate inputs to API methods to avoid misuse.
  • Best Practices: Implement role-based access controls and input validation.
  • Example:

ElementInternals Web API

  • Feature Announced: Enables interaction of LWCs with HTML form elements using the ElementInternals API.
  • Security Hotspot: Ensure custom form controls validate inputs properly and comply with accessibility standards.
  • Best Practices: Use secure coding practices for form validation and follow ARIA guidelines for accessibility.
  • Example:

Lifecycle Hooks Using Native Browser APIs

  • Feature Announced: LWCs now use native browser APIs for lifecycle hooks, aligning with modern standards and reducing memory leaks.
  • Security Hotspot: Properly handle lifecycle events to prevent memory leaks and resource exhaustion.
  • Best Practices: Implement thorough testing and monitoring of lifecycle methods.
  • Example:

Integration of Third-Party Web Components (Beta)

  • Feature Announced: Allows integration of third-party Web Components into LWCs.
  • Security Hotspot: Validate and sanitize data passed between LWCs and third-party components to prevent cross-component vulnerabilities.
  • Best Practices: Use sandboxing techniques and strict data validation.
  • Example:

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2. Apex Enhancements

Support for Five-Level SOQL Relationship Queries

  • Feature Announced: Apex now supports SOQL queries that traverse up to five levels of parent-child records.
  • Security Hotspot: Be mindful of query performance and potential data exposure through complex relationships.
  • Best Practices: Limit the scope of queries and use selective fetching of necessary fields.
  • Example:

FormulaEval Class (Beta)

  • Feature Announced: Allows construction and evaluation of formulas at runtime.
  • Security Hotspot: Ensure that formulas are securely constructed to avoid execution of unintended logic.
  • Best Practices: Validate formula inputs and monitor for anomalies.
  • Example:

Apex Cursors (Beta)

  • Feature Announced: Enables processing of large SOQL query results in smaller batches.
  • Security Hotspot: Efficiently manage query cursors to avoid excessive resource usage.
  • Best Practices: Implement proper handling of cursors and monitor resource consumption.
  • Example:

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3. Data Cloud Highlights

Static SOQL for Data Cloud DMOs

  • Feature Announced: Supports static SOQL queries for Data Cloud data model objects.
  • Security Hotspot: Ensure queries are properly secured and data access is controlled.
  • Best Practices: Use static queries where possible and enforce access controls.
  • Example:

Mocking SOQL Queries

  • Feature Announced: Introduces SoqlStubProvider class for mocking SOQL responses in unit tests.
  • Security Hotspot: Ensure that mock data does not expose sensitive information.
  • Best Practices: Use anonymized or synthetic data for testing.
  • Example:

Data Cloud-Triggered Flows Testing

  • Feature Announced: Allows testing of Data Cloud-triggered flows.
  • Security Hotspot: Validate flow logic to ensure it operates securely and as intended.
  • Best Practices: Implement comprehensive test cases and validate flow configurations.
  • Example:

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How AutoRABIT’s Suite of Products Can Help You

1. Security and Quality Rules

  • Continuous Updates: AutoRABIT continually updates its security and quality rules to stay ahead of the latest threats and best practices. This ensures that your Salesforce environment is protected against new vulnerabilities and adheres to the highest standards of code quality.
  • Comprehensive Coverage: The rules cover various aspects of security, including data protection, access control, and vulnerability management, ensuring a holistic approach to securing your Salesforce environment.
  • Automated Compliance: By integrating these rules into your development pipeline, you can automate compliance checks and ensure that your codebase adheres to industry standards and regulatory requirements.

2. Quality Gates

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  • Pre-Deployment Checks: Quality gates enforce critical checkpoints during the development lifecycle. Before any code is deployed, it must pass through these gates, which check for adherence to coding standards, security policies, and performance benchmarks.
  • Customizable Criteria: You can customize the criteria for quality gates to match your organization’s specific needs, ensuring that only high-quality, secure code is promoted to production.
  • Real-Time Feedback: Developers receive real-time feedback on code quality and security issues, enabling them to address problems early in the development process and reduce the risk of defects in production.

3. Continuous Monitoring and Training

  • Proactive Monitoring: AutoRABIT provides continuous monitoring of your Salesforce environment to detect and respond to security incidents and performance issues in real time. This proactive approach helps minimize downtime and protect your data.
  • Security Training: To complement the automated tools, AutoRABIT offers training and resources to help your team stay informed about the latest security threats and best practices. This ensures that your team is equipped to maintain a secure and compliant environment.
  • Audit and Reporting: Detailed audit logs and reporting capabilities allow you to track changes, monitor compliance, and generate reports for stakeholders and regulatory bodies.

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