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The OWASP Java™ and JVM Technology Knowledge Base is the clearing house for all information related to building secure web/distributed applications and services based on Java and JVM technologies. The focus of these pages is on guidance for developers and architects using Java frameworks and JVM based technologies for web application development, on OWASP components that use Java and on participation in OWASP projects that use Java and JVM technologies. Moreover, we aim to provide security related guidance for system administrators managing Java and JVM based applications and tools.

The project is not limited to Java. It aims to also address topics around the JVM in general.

Community content is key to security information. The project depends on content from developers throughout the Java and JVM ecosystem.


  • Provide deep, rich guidance for Java developers in using the security features of Java and of Java frameworks.
  • Address security in relation to the Java Virtual Machine and derived technologies.
  • Guide system administrators in managing Java and JVM related components and applications.
  • Create guidance for use of OWASP components that are designed for use with Java or other JVM languages.
  • Focus on information about working with and on OWASP tools built using Java or other JVM technologies.
  • Provide a stream of security related information, like vulnerabilities and security patches, related to the Java and JVM universe.
  • Build an ecosystem allowing to all actors interested to discuss, share and learn.


OWASP Java™ and JVM Technology Knowledge Base is free to use. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license], so you can copy, distribute and transmit the work, and you can adapt it, and use it commercially, but all provided that you attribute the work and if you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

Oracle® and Java™ are trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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Last Update: 11/10/2017

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  • Build Java and JVM security related net resources guide
  • The OWASP Java and JVM Technology Knowledge Base is principally about creating deep, rich guidance for Java and JVM developers using all kind of security resources. The idea is to have an effort of building a internet resource guide for everything around the JVM universe. Information, blogs, articles, tools, test servers and more. Important however is that this list is seriously curated.
  • Concrete guideline for Java and JVM developers
  • Clear checklists, around various topics, language, servers and frameworks.

The first step would be to establish contact with the project leaders and/or the entire team. This can be done using a direct and private message, or by joining the public mailing list to say hello.

When it comes to participating in project activities, everything depends on the time you are willing and able to invest. It is however very important to not jump into too many things at the beginning, later having to back out or to let unfinished things behind you. It is much better to start with small tasks, increasing intensity and investment over time.

Please also be patient with expecting the "merge" of your work into the existing project pages and code. As everywhere in live, trust has to be built-up.

The Java and JVM knowledge base has currently multiple tasks open, which can be found on the adequate section of this page. Not all tasks require a wiki account. Please take something you are interested in and start participating. Work load is not the only outcome when participating in open projects. You are getting a lot of things back: recognition, satisfaction, knowledge and contacts, sometime friends.

Sounds cool? Then jump in...

To get involved join the mailing list, follow this link: OWASP Java and JVM Mailing List

The previous version of this JAVA Project home page is archived here: OWASP Java Project Archive (8.2010)

IMPORTANT: all pages of these project are currently under review. A lot are outdated and are in the process of being removed or updated.