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Core Security Patterns: Best Practices and Strategies for J2EE, Web Services, and Identity Management


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Direct from the expert architects at Sun, an in-depth treatment of J2EE security architectural patterns and practices

° Practical! Proven patterns as well as a complete case study will help the reader learn AND deploy the latest techniques

° Thorough coverage of J2EE interoperability with Microsoft .NET

° Companion title to best selling Core J2EE Patterns by Deepak Alur, John Crupi and Dan Malks


  • Copyright 2006
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-146307-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-146307-3

Praise for Core Security Patterns

Java provides the application developer with essential security mechanisms and support in avoiding critical security bugs common in other languages. A language, however, can only go so far. The developer must understand the security requirements of the application and how to use the features Java provides in order to meet those requirements. Core Security Patterns addresses both aspects of security and will be a guide to developers everywhere in creating more secure applications.

--Whitfield Diffie, inventor of Public-Key Cryptography

A comprehensive book on Security Patterns, which are critical for secure programming.

--Li Gong, former Chief Java Security Architect, Sun Microsystems, and coauthor of Inside Java 2 Platform Security

As developers of existing applications, or future innovators that will drive the next generation of highly distributed applications, the patterns and best practices outlined in this book will be an important asset to your development efforts.

--Joe Uniejewski, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, RSA Security, Inc.

This book makes an important case for taking a proactive approach to security rather than relying on the reactive security approach common in the software industry.

--Judy Lin, Executive Vice President, VeriSign, Inc.

Core Security Patterns provides a comprehensive patterns-driven approach and methodology for effectively incorporating security into your applications. I recommend that every application developer keep a copy of this indispensable security reference by their side.

--Bill Hamilton, author of ADO.NET Cookbook, ADO.NET in a Nutshell, and NUnit Pocket Reference

As a trusted advisor, this book will serve as a Java developers security handbook, providing applied patterns and design strategies for securing Java applications.

--Shaheen Nasirudheen, CISSP,Senior Technology Officer, JPMorgan Chase

Like Core J2EE Patterns, this book delivers a proactive and patterns-driven approach for designing end-to-end security in your applications. Leveraging the authors strong security experience, they created a must-have book for any designer/developer looking to create secure applications.

--John Crupi, Distinguished Engineer, Sun Microsystems, coauthor of Core J2EE Patterns

Core Security Patterns is the hands-on practitioners guide to building robust end-to-end security into J2EE™ enterprise applications, Web services, identity management, service provisioning, and personal identification solutions. Written by three leading Java security architects, the patterns-driven approach fully reflects todays best practices for security in large-scale, industrial-strength applications.

The authors explain the fundamentals of Java application security from the ground up, then introduce a powerful, structured security methodology; a vendor-independent security framework; a detailed assessment checklist; and twenty-three proven security architectural patterns. They walk through several realistic scenarios, covering architecture and implementation and presenting detailed sample code. They demonstrate how to apply cryptographic techniques; obfuscate code; establish secure communication; secure J2ME™ applications; authenticate and authorize users; and fortify Web services, enabling single sign-on, effective identity management, and personal identification using Smart Cards and Biometrics.

Core Security Patterns covers all of the following, and more:

  • What works and what doesnt: J2EE application-security best practices, and common pitfalls to avoid
  • Implementing key Java platform security features in real-world applications
  • Establishing Web Services security using XML Signature, XML Encryption, WS-Security, XKMS, and WS-I Basic security profile
  • Designing identity management and service provisioning systems using SAML, Liberty, XACML, and SPML
  • Designing secure personal identification solutions using Smart Cards and Biometrics
  • Security design methodology, patterns, best practices, reality checks, defensive strategies, and evaluation checklists
  • End-to-end security architecture case study: architecting, designing, and implementing an end-to-end security solution for large-scale applications



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Table of Contents

Foreword by Judy Lin.

Foreword by Joe Uniejewski.



About the Authors.


1. Security by Default.

    Business Challenges Around Security

    What Are the Weakest Links?

    The Impact of Application Security

    The Four W's

    Strategies for Building Robust Security

    Proactive and Reactive Security

    The Importance of Security Compliance

    The Importance of Identity Management

    The Importance of Java Technology

    Making Security a "Business Enabler"



2. Basics of Security.

    Security Requirements and Goals

    The Role of Cryptography in Security

    The Role of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)

    The Importance and Role of LDAP in Security

    Common Challenges in Cryptography

    Threat Modeling

    Identity Management




3. The Java 2 Platform Security.

    Java Security Architecture

    Java Applet Security

    Java Web Start Security

    Java Security Management Tools

    J2ME Security Architecture

    Java Card Security Architecture

    Securing the Java Code



4. Java Extensible Security Architecture and APIs.

    Java Extensible Security Architecture

    Java Cryptography Architecture (JCA)

    Java Cryptographic Extensions (JCE)

    Java Certification Path API (CertPath)

    Java Secure Socket Extension (JSSE)

    Java Authentication and Authorization Service (JAAS)

    Java Generic Secure Services API (JGSS)

    Simple Authentication and Security Layer (SASL)



5. J2EE Security Architecture.

    J2EE Architecture and Its Logical Tiers

    J2EE Security Definitions

    J2EE Security Infrastructure

    J2EE Container-Based Security

    J2EE Component/Tier-Level Security

    J2EE Client Security

    EJB Tier or Business Component Security

    EIS Integration Tier-Overview

    J2EE Architecture--Network Topology

    J2EE Web Services Security-Overview




6. Web Services Security--Standards and Technologies.

    Web Services Architecture and Its Building Blocks

    Web Services Security--Core Issues

    Web Services Security Requirements

    Web Services Security Standards

    XML Signature

    XML Encryption

    XML Key Management System (XKMS)

    OASIS Web Services Security (WS-Security)

    WS-I Basic Security Profile

    Java-Based Web Services Security Providers

    XML-Aware Security Appliances



7. Identity Management Standards and Technologies.

    Identity Management--Core Issues

    Understanding Network Identity and Federated Identity

    Introduction to SAML

    SAML Architecture

    SAML Usage Scenarios

    The Role of SAML in J2EE-Based Applications and Web Services

    Introduction to Liberty Alliance and Their Objectives

    Liberty Alliance Architecture

    Liberty Usage Scenarios

    The Nirvana of Access Control and Policy Management

    Introduction to XACML

    XACML Data Flow and Architecture

    XACML Usage Scenarios




8. The Alchemy of Security Design--Methodology, Patterns, and Reality Checks.

    The Rationale

    Secure UP

    Security Patterns

    Security Patterns for J2EE, Web Services, Identity Management, and Service Provisioning

    Reality Checks

    Security Testing

    Adopting a Security Framework

    Refactoring Security Design

    Service Continuity and Recovery




9. Securing the Web Tier--Design Strategies and Best Practices.

    Web-Tier Security Patterns

    Best Practices and Pitfalls


10. Securing the Business Tier--Design Strategies and Best Practices.

    Security Considerations in the Business Tier

    Business Tier Security Patterns

    Best Practices and Pitfalls


11. Securing Web Services--Design Strategies and Best Practices.

    Web Services Security Protocols Stack

    Web Services Security Infrastructure

    Web Services Security Patterns

    Best Practices and Pitfalls

    Best Practices


12. Securing the Identity--Design Strategies and Best Practices.

    Identity Management Security Patterns

    Best Practices and Pitfalls


13. Secure Service Provisioning--Design Strategies and Best Practices.

    Business Challenges

    User Account Provisioning Architecture

    Introduction to SPML

    Service Provisioning Security Pattern

    Best Practices and Pitfalls




14. Building End-to-End Security Architecture--A Case Study.


    Use Case Scenarios

    Application Architecture

    Security Architecture






    Lessons Learned





15. Secure Personal Identification Strategies Using Smart Cards and Biometrics.

    Physical and Logical Access Control

    Enabling Technologies

    Smart Card-Based Identification and Authentication

    Biometric Identification and Authentication

    Multi-factor Authentication Using Smart Cards and Biometrics

    Best Practices and Pitfalls




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