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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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EJB application security concepts

As in other Java enterprise applications, there are two main aspects to the securing of an EJB-based enterprise application; namely, the way the code is written and the EAR deployment configuration. As WAS ND v7 supports the EJB 3.0 API (without the need for a special feature pack) this chapter will focus on some of the new aspects introduced by that version. Throughout this chapter, when the term EJB appears, it refers to version three of the API.

The EJB 3.0 API introduced the concept of annotations for conveying security configuration information. Therefore, the chapter will use this technique to show how security can be defined and enforced. In essence, there are two security mechanisms: declarative security and programmatic security.

Declarative security

In declarative security, security policies can be conveyed through XML entries in the deployment descriptor or through annotations. As stated earlier, this chapter will focus on the latter. The suite...