An essential element of secure coding in the Java programming language is a well-documented and enforceable coding standard. Coding standards encourage programmers to follow a uniform set of rules determined by the requirements of the project and organization, rather than by the programmer’s familiarity or preference. Once established, these standards can be used as a metric to evaluate source code (using manual or automated processes).
The CERT® Oracle® Secure Coding Standard for Java™ provides rules designed to eliminate
insecure coding practices that can lead to exploitable vulnerabilities. Application of the standard’s guidelines will lead to higher-quality systems–robust systems that are more resistant to attack. Such guidelines are required for the wide range of products coded in Java–for devices such as PCs, game players, mobile phones, home appliances, and automotive electronics.
After a high-level introduction to Java application security, seventeen consistently organized chapters detail specific rules for key areas of Java development. For each area, the authors present noncompliant examples and corresponding compliant solutions, show how to assess risk, and offer references for further information. Each rule is prioritized based on the severity of
consequences, likelihood of introducing exploitable vulnerabilities, and cost of remediation.
The standard provides secure coding rules for the Java SE 6 Platform including the Java
programming language and libraries, and also addresses new features of the Java SE 7 Platform.
It describes language behaviors left to the discretion of JVM and compiler implementers, guides developers in the proper use of Java’s APIs and security architecture, and considers
security concerns pertaining to standard extension APIs (from the javax package hierarchy).The standard covers security issues applicable to these libraries: lang, util, Collections,
Concurrency Utilities, Logging, Management, Reflection, Regular Expressions, Zip, I/O,
JMX, JNI, Math, Serialization, and JAXP.
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Page Count (est.): 699
Pub Date: 9/8/2011