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Secure Java Coding

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3 Days

  • Familiarity with Java and Java EE is required
  • Programming experience is highly recommended
  • At least six months of Java and Java EE working knowledge recommended
This 3 day course is a hands-on, lab-intensive Java security, code-level training course that teaches you the best practices for designing, implementing, and deploying secure programs in Java. You will take an application from requirements through to implementation, analyzing and testing for software vulnerabilities. This course explores well beyond basic programming skills, teaching developers sound processes and practices to apply to the entire software development lifecycle. Perhaps just as significantly, you will learn about current, real examples that illustrate the potential consequences of not following these best practices.

Practical work
As a programming class, this course provides multiple challenging labs for students to work through during the class. This workshop is about 50% hands-on lab and 50% lecture. Throughout the course students will be led through a series of progressively advanced topics, where each topic consists of lecture, group discussion, comprehensive hands-on lab exercises, and lab review. Multiple detailed lab exercises are laced throughout the course, designed to reinforce fundamental skills and concepts learned in the lessons.
Application project stakeholders who wish to develop secure Java applications.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Concepts and terminology behind defensive coding
  • Threat Modeling as a tool in identifying software vulnerabilities based on realistic threats against assets
  • Entire spectrum of threats and attacks that take place against software applications
  • Threat Modeling to identify potential vulnerabilities in a real life case study
  • Static code reviews and dynamic application testing for uncovering vulnerabilities in Java applications
  • Vulnerabilities of the Java programming language and the JVM, and how to harden both
  • Work with Java 2 platform security to gain an appreciation for what is protected and how
  • Roles that Java Authentication and Authorization Service (JAAS) have in Java applications
  • Use JAAS in conjunction with a Java application for both authentication and authorization
  • Basics of Java Cryptography (JCA) and Encryption (JCE) and where they fit in the overall security picture
  • Fundamentals of XML Digital Signature and XML Encryption
Security: The Complete Picture
TJX: Anatomy of a Disaster?
Causes of Data Breaches
Heartland - Slipping Past PCI Compliance
Target's Painful Christmas
Meaning of Being Compliant
Verizon's 2013 Data Breach Report

Security Concepts
Motivations: Costs and Standards
Open Web Application Security Project
Web Application Security Consortium
CERT Secure Coding Standards
Assets are the Targets
Security Activities Cost Resources
Threat Modeling
System/Trust Boundaries
Principles of Information Security
Security Is a Lifecycle Issue
Minimize Attack Surface Area
Layers of Defense: Tenacious D
Consider All Application States
Do Not Trust the Untrusted
Unvalidated Input
Broken Access Control
Broken Authentication And Session Management
Cross Site Scripting (XSS) Flaws
Injection Flaws
Error Handling And Information Leakage
Insecure Storage
Insecure Management of Configuration
Direct Object Access
Spoofing and Redirects
Understanding What's Important
Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures
OWASP Top Ten for 2013
CWE/SANS Top 25 Most Dangerous SW Errors
Monster Mitigations
Strength Training: Project
Strength Training: IT Organizations

Java Security Fundamentals
Perimeter Defenses
Java Security Architecture
JVM Defenses
Extending the defenses
Cryptography Overview
Strong Encryption
Ciphers and algorithms
Message digests
Keys and key management
Code Location-Based Security
Work with Java 2 Security
Byte Code verifier
Signing code
Trusted code
Java permission management
Extending Java permissions
User-based J2SE Security
JAAS Authentication
Extending JAAS authentication
JAAS Authorization
Java Network Security
SSL Support
SASL protocols
Code Level Security Best Practices
What Java security provides for
Preventing remote hacking
Preventing accessing of restricted resources
Retaining credibility with Java code

Defending XML
XML Signature
XML Encryption
XML Attacks: Structure
XML Attacks: Injection
Safe XML Processing
Defending Web Services
Web Service Security Exposures
When Transport-Level Alone is NOT Enough
Message-Level Security
WS-Security Roadmap
XWSS Provides Many Functions
Web Service Attacks
Web Service Appliance/Gateways
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