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IBM WebSphere Application Server v7.0 Security

By : Omar P Siliceo (USD), Omar Siliceo
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IBM WebSphere Application Server v7.0 Security

By: Omar P Siliceo (USD), Omar Siliceo

Overview of this book

In these days of high-profile hacking, server security is no less important than securing your application or network. In addition many companies must comply with government security regulations. No matter how secure your application is, your business is still at risk if your server is vulnerable. Here is how you solve your WebSphere server security worries in the best possible way. This tutorial is focused towards ways in which you can avoid security loop holes. You will learn to solve issues that can cause bother when getting started with securing your IBM WebSphere Application Server v7.0 installation. Moreover, the author has documented details in an easy-to-read format, by providing engaging hands-on exercises and mini-projects. The book starts with an in-depth analysis of the global and administrative security features of WebSphere Application Server v7.0, followed by comprehensive coverage of user registries for user authentication and authorization information. Moving on you will build on the concepts introduced and get hands-on with a mini project. From the next chapter you work with the different front-end architectures of WAS along with the Secure Socket Layer protocol, which offer transport layer security through data encryption. You learn user authentication and data encryption, which demonstrate how a clear text channel can be made safer by using SSL transport to encrypt its data. The book will show you how to enable an enterprise application hosted in a WebSphere Application Server environment to interact with other applications, resources, and services available in a corporate infrastructure. Platform hardening, tuning parameters for tightening security, and troubleshooting are some of the aspects of WebSphere Application Server v7.0 security that are explored in the book. Every chapter builds strong security foundations, by demonstrating concepts and practicing them through the use of dynamic, web-based mini-projects.
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IBM WebSphere Application Server v7.0 Security
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Identifying where to focus

It would be practically impossible for a vendor to create an OS/hardware configuration that would securely and efficiently cover all customers' needs. When at IBM, I heard co-workers sometimes exclaim how creative our customers were when it came to finding ways to either use or configure one of our products that we had not thought about. It is probably the same when in your organization systems are configured to better cope with a specific job, that job being a database server or a J2EE application server or what have you.

One of the keys to unlock the art of hardening the default installation of your underlying OS is to identify borders between the WAS ND7 environment and the OS/hardware. Finding such borders will make the task a little easier since it will help to narrow the scope of what needs to be analyzed.

The previous diagram, in a very abstract fashion, depicts the salient borders between a WAS instance and the basic systems within the OS. So, let's take...