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J2EE Security for Architects

Risk Analysis

To my mind, Risk Analysis is a general exercise that will apply equaly to all apps irrespective of the language used to implement the app. So would say that this belongs in the Guide rather than the Java project, unless you have some ideas on how to make this Java specific? --Stephendv 08:04, 12 June 2006 (EDT)

I agree -- suggest deleting this section Jeff Williams 09:04, 12 June 2006 (EDT)

Mapping Regulatory requirements to technical requirements

Same as above. --Stephendv 08:04, 12 June 2006 (EDT)

I agree -- suggest deleting this section Jeff Williams 09:04, 12 June 2006 (EDT)

Design considerations

This is quite general. Shall we narrow it down to the architectural issues that should be considered for each of the popular architectures such as:

  • Architectural considerations
    • EJB Middle tier
    • Web Services Middle tier
    • Spring Middle tier

--Stephendv 08:04, 12 June 2006 (EDT)

Frameworks you should be aware of (e.g. struts, stinger, etc.)

There are many frameworks out there, so I'd suggest we keep this down to frameworks that specifically offer security functionality such as:

  • Acegi
  • Commons validator
  • Stinger seems to be parked for a while now, is this correct Jeff?
    • Stinger is

Most web tier frameworks will prevent XSS attacks, so listing them all in this section is a bit verbose, would prefer to see them listed in the XSS section. --Stephendv 08:04, 12 June 2006 (EDT)

J2EE Security for Developers

Java Security Basics

  • Class Loading
  • Bytecode verifier
  • The Security Manager and security.policy file

I suggest we do something short here for web developers, and wait on client side apps for now Jeff Williams 09:04, 12 June 2006 (EDT)

Input Validation

  • Overview

SQL Injection

  • Overview
  • Prevention
    • White Listing
    • Prepared Statements
    • Stored Procedures
    • Hibernate
    • Ibatis
    • Spring JDBC
    • EJB 3.0?
    • JDO?


  • Overview
  • Prevention
    • White Listing
    • Manual HTML Encoding
    • Preventing XSS in popular Web Frameworks
      • JSP
      • Struts
      • Spring MVC
      • Java Server Faces
      • WebWork?
      • Wicket?
      • Tapestry?
  • Misc I/P Validation Attacks (e.g. HTTP Response Splitting) - Moved this out to a separate section below. --Stephendv 08:41, 12 June 2006 (EDT)
  • Using struts Would recommend we cover a number of frameworks as mentioned above. --Stephendv 08:04, 12 June 2006 (EDT)

LDAP Injection

  • Overview
  • Prevention

XPATH Injection

  • Overview
  • Prevention

Miscellaneous Injection Attacks

  • HTTP Response splitting


  • Storing credentials
  • Hashing
  • SSL Best Practices
  • CAPTCHA systems (jcaptcha?)

Session Management

  • Logout
  • Session Timeout
  • Absolute Timeout
  • Session Fixation


  • In presentation layer
  • In business logic
  • In data layer
  • Declarative v/s Programmatic
  • web.xml configuration
  • Forced browsing
  • JAAS
  • EJB Authorization
  • Acegi?

Session Management

  • Session Fixation
  • Terminating sessions
    • Terminating sessions when the browser window is closed
  • Implementing a session timeout


  • JCE
  • Storing db secrets
  • Encrypting JDBC connections

Error Handling & Logging

  • Output Validation
  • Custom Errors
  • Logging - why log? what to log? log4j, etc.

Web Services Security

  • SAML
  • WS-Security
  • ...?

Code Analysis Tools

  • FindBugs
    • Creating custom rules
  • PMD
    • Creating custom rules
  • JLint
  • Jmetrics

J2EE Security For Deployers

Securing Popular J2EE Servers

  • Securing Tomcat
  • Securing JBoss
  • Securing WebLogic
  • Securing WebSphere
  • Securing x...

Would be nice to include an example secure by default configuration file for each server that has additional comments in it which expands on the security repurcussions of the various sections.

Defining a Java Security Policy

  • Jeff's tool? --Stephendv 08:37, 12 June 2006 (EDT)
  • jChains (