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Security Notice on Shellshock / CVE-2014-6271 / CVE-2014-7169

September 26, 2014

On September 24 a vulnerability in Bash, named Shellshock, was publicly announced. The original Shellshock advisory, CVE-2014-6271, described a severe remotely-exploitable vulnerability in all versions of GNU Bash software. A follow-up advisory, CVE-2014-7169, was issued for an incomplete fix to CVE-2014-6271. Security review of Wealthfront systems confirmed no client-facing components were vulnerable to Shellshock. The… Read more

Small Files, Big Problem

September 19, 2014

Data drives everything we do here at Wealthfront, so ensuring it’s stored correctly and efficiently is of the utmost importance. To make sure we’re always as informed as possible we gather data from our online databases very frequently. However, this has the unfortunate side effect of creating a large amount of small files, which are… Read more

The Unanticipated Intern Experience

September 18, 2014

Two hours after I walked through the front door at Wealthfront, I pushed code to production. Two weeks after that I took part in conference calls to outside business partners. Two weeks after that I planned a critical feature with product managers. Two weeks after that I debated UI elements with the lead designers at… Read more

iOS UI Testing

September 16, 2014

I was initially attracted to Wealthfront by its great business model and engineering driven culture. But after visiting the office, I was convinced that I belonged to Wealthfront because of the strong emphasis on test driven development (TDD), continuous integration, and rapid deployment. Furthermore, a solid foundation had already been laid for the iOS initiatives… Read more

Building and Testing a Custom UIDatePicker

September 02, 2014

When building the new Add Funds flow for iOS, we needed a date picker to select the start date for a recurring deposit. Apple’s pre-built date picker (UIDatePicker) does not allow for visual customization. Having mostly dark backgrounds and light foregrounds, we needed to build our own date picking component (WFDatePicker). We already had a… Read more

Summer Spent Learning and Experimenting

August 22, 2014

Though my decision of where to spend my 2014 summer may not carry the same drama or headlines as Lebron’s summer decision, my experiences this summer would undoubtedly influence my pursuits after college. My priority was to find an internship program with supportive mentors and a company with an engineering backbone. In these aspects, Wealthfront… Read more