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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 web applications concepts

J2EE Applications can be made up of dynamic/Java web applications and EJB applications. Dynamic web applications may consist of a combination of components such as dynamic Java components (Servlets, JSP's, and so on) as well as static components (for example, HTML, CSS, images--JPEG). Therefore, WebSphere offers the capability to customize access to both types of applications: dynamic/Java web applications and EJB applications. This chapter explores securing Java web applications whereas the following chapter covers the securing of EJB applications. In the next couple of sub-sections you will learn of two different views of web application security.

Developer view of web application security

In most cases, developer teams having a J2EE background outside of a WebSphere environment tend to see security of their applications from a purely programmatic point of view. Skilled developers use methods provided by the J2EE security API.

Through such a API, an application...