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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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Ensuring good housekeeping of an installation

In addition to the engineering aspect of hardening your default installation, there are a couple or three things that can be carried out after the installation is completed. This section will briefly describe them.

Keeping your secrets safe

There are two aspects in terms of your WebSphere secrets that need some attention. The first one is the WAS ND7 environment default passwords for the various stores. The second is insuring that there are no clear text passwords of any type included in the various properties and XML configuration files.

Using key stores and trust stores

Up until WAS ND6.0 all installations came with the same private key. That changed in WAS ND6.1. So in WAS ND7, this key and the other security artifacts associated with it are created at the time of the profile creation. However, the default password for such stores is the same for any installation! If you still have not changed this default password, place a bookmark right here...