Secure Java: For Web Application Development

Abhay Bhargav, B. V. Kumar

September 14, 2010 by CRC Press
Reference - 308 Pages - 69 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439823514 - CAT# K11172


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  • Covers the essential aspects of critical security from an application perspective
  • Introduces such security features as the Java Authentication and Authorization Service (JAAS) and explains how to use them
  • Emphasizes application-driven cryptography using Java Cryptography Architecture
  • Identifies secure coding practices for Java Web applications to prevent Web application vulnerabilities
  • Highlights best practices for security testing of web applications as well as white and black box testing


Most security books on Java focus on cryptography and access control, but exclude key aspects such as coding practices, logging, and web application risk assessment. Encapsulating security requirements for web development with the Java programming platform, Secure Java: For Web Application Development covers secure programming, risk assessment, and threat modeling—explaining how to integrate these practices into a secure software development life cycle.

From the risk assessment phase to the proof of concept phase, the book details a secure web application development process. The authors provide in-depth implementation guidance and best practices for access control, cryptography, logging, secure coding, and authentication and authorization in web application development. Discussing the latest application exploits and vulnerabilities, they examine various options and protection mechanisms for securing web applications against these multifarious threats. The book is organized into four sections:

  • Provides a clear view of the growing footprint of web applications
  • Explores the foundations of secure web application development and the risk management process
  • Delves into tactical web application security development with Java EE
  • Deals extensively with security testing of web applications

This complete reference includes a case study of an e-commerce company facing web application security challenges, as well as specific techniques for testing the security of web applications. Highlighting state-of-the-art tools for web application security testing, it supplies valuable insight on how to meet important security compliance requirements, including PCI-DSS, PA-DSS, HIPAA, and GLBA. The book also includes an appendix that covers the application security guidelines for the payment card industry standards.