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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.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
IBM WebSphere Application Server v7.0 Security
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Disabling security

Like many analogies, there is always a place where they don't completely hold. Our front door lock scenario is no different and it falls short when it comes to disabling security, unless removing the front door lock would make any sense and it could be considered as a possibility.

There are going to be situations in which you will need to temporarily disable global security. For instance, during the installation of WebSphere Portal, which installs on top of a WebSphere Application Server layer, you are asked to disable global security to perform some of the configuration tasks.

In this chapter so far, we have been using the WebSphere Console. You will see in the next few paragraphs how easily global security can be disabled. The word 'easily' in the last sentence implies simplicity, not that it is unsecure. For this task, you will need the following additional information:

  • Connection type: Protocol to be used between the JVM and the deployment manager. We will...