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Secure Coding Rules for Java LiveLessons, Part I

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  • Copyright 2016
  • Edition: 1st
  • Online Video
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-419119-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-419119-5

2+ Hours of Video Instruction


Java Professional Development LiveLessons provides developers with practical guidance for developing Java programs that are robust and secure. These LiveLessons complement The CERT Oracle Secure Coding Standard for Java.


In this video training, Robert provides complementary coverage to the rules in The CERT Oracle Secure Coding Standard for Java, demonstrating common Java programming errors and their consequences using Java 8 and Eclipse. Robert describes language behaviors left to the discretion of JVM and compiler implementers and guides developers in the proper use of Java’s APIs including lang, util, Collections, Concurrency Utilities, Logging, Management, Reflection, Regular Expressions, Zip, I/O, JMX, JNI, Math, Serialization, and JAXP.

About the Instructor

Robert C. Seacord is the secure coding technical manager in the CERT Division of Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Robert is also a professor in the Institute for Software Research and the Information Networking Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the author of eight books on software development including The CERT® Oracle® Secure Coding Standard for Java™ (Addison- Wesley, 2012) and Java™ Coding Guidelines 75 Recommendations for Reliable and Secure Programs (Addison-Wesley, 2013). He has also published more than sixty papers on software security, component-based software engineering, web-based system design, legacy-system modernization, component repositories and search engines, and user interface design and development.

Skill Level

  • Advanced

What You Will Learn

  • How to perform common Java language programming tasks correctly
  • How to avoid programming errors that are not detected or reported by the compiler.
  • How to develop programs that are robust, reliable, secure, and fast.

Who Should Take This Course

  • Java developers who wish to make the transition from a skilled amateur to a software professional capable of developing code that has to work.

Course Requirements

  • Understanding of programming and development
  • Experience with Java programming
  • Familiarity with Eclipse

Table of Contents

Part I (of III)


Lesson 1: Java Security Concepts

1.1 Injection attacks

1.2 Leaking sensitive data

1.3 Denial-of-service attacks

Lesson 2: Input Validation and Data Sanitization (IDS)

IDS00-J. Prevent SQL Injection

IDS01-J. Normalize strings before validating them

IDS03-J. Do not log unsanitized user input

IDS04-J. Safely extract files from ZipInputStream

IDS06-J. Exclude unsanitized user input from format strings

IDS07-J. Do not pass untrusted, unsanitized data to the Runtime.exec() method

IDS08-J. Sanitize untrusted data passed to a regex

IDS11-J. Perform any string modifications before validation

IDS16-J. Prevent XML Injection

IDS17-J. Prevent XML External Entity Attacks

Lesson 3: Declarations and Initialization (DCL):

DCL00-J. Prevent class initialization cycles

Lesson 4: Expressions (EXP)

EXP00-J. Do not ignore values returned by methods

EXP01-J. Never dereference null pointers

EXP02-J. Do not use the Object.equals() method to compare two arrays

EXP03-J. Do not use the equality operators when comparing values of boxed primitives

EXP04-J. Do not pass arguments to certain Java Collections Framework methods that are a different type than the collection parameter type

EXP06-J. Expressions used in assertions must not produce side effects

Lesson 5: Numeric Types and Operations (NUM)

NUM00-J. Detect or prevent integer overflow

NUM01-J. Do not perform bitwise and arithmetic operations on the same data

NUM02-J. Ensure that division and modulo operations do not result in divide-by-zero errors

NUM03-J. Use integer types that can fully represent the possible range of unsigned data

NUM04-J. Do not use floating-point numbers if precise computation is required

NUM05-J. Do not use denormalized numbers

NUM07-J. Do not attempt comparisons with NaN

NUM08-J. Check floating-point inputs for exceptional values

NUM09-J. Do not use floating-point variables as loop counters

NUM10-J. Do not construct BigDecimal objects from floating-point literals

NUM11-J. Do not compare or inspect the string representation of floating-point values

NUM12-J. Ensure conversions of numeric types to narrower types do not result in lost or misinterpreted data

NUM13-J. Avoid loss of precision when converting primitive integers to floating-point

Lesson 6: Characters and Strings (STR)

STR00-J. Use an int to capture the return value of methods that read a character or byte

STR01-J. Don't form strings containing partial characters

STR02-J. Specify an appropriate locale when comparing locale-dependent data

STR03-J. Do not convert between strings and bytes without specifying a valid character encoding

STR04-J. Use compatible character encodings on both sides of file or network I/O


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