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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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Securing front-end components communication

The concepts related to SSL, CAs, and so on, covered in the previous section help us to add a new block to our road map. This new block is labeled Traffic encryption (SSL). In this section, we will be able to finalize the diagram started at the beginning of the chapter; filling in the details for the dotted rectangle in the diagram.

Securing the IBM HTTP Server

In this final subsection, a mini-project will be used to secure the front-end communication from the HTTP server down to the Application Server. A the end, you should have an IHS listening on a non-conventional port using HTTPS to communicate with browsers; and through the WebSphere Plug-in, use SSL to talk to the Application Server.

Environment assumptions

For the project, it is expected that the WebSphere environment would be very close to how it was left in the previous chapter; that is, there would be a secure application server hosting the Snoop servlet. It is also expected that an installation...