Secure Java Web Development Training

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Course Description

This comprehensive course shows experienced developers of Java EE applications how to secure those applications and to apply best practices with regard to secure enterprise coding. Authentication, authorization, and input validation are major themes, and students get good exposure to basic Java cryptography for specific development scenarios, as well as thorough discussions of HTTPS configuration and certificate management, error handling, logging, and auditing. Perhaps the most eye-opening parts of the course concern common web "hacks," or attack vectors. Students see how easy it is to leave an application unguarded against cross-site scripting (XSS), cross-site request forgery (CSRF), SQL injection, and other attack types -- and learn that it's also easy to fix such vulnerabilities and the importance of a secure development process. In the last part of the course we move beyond the scope of traditional, interactive web applications to consider RESTful web services, single sign-on systems, and third-party authorization. Students learn to perform HMAC cryptography as a means of HTTP message-level authentication, and get introductions and hands-on exercise with SAML SSO and OAuth.
Course Length: 5 Days
Course Tuition: $2090 (US)


Java and Servlet programming experience is required.

Course Outline


Chapter 1. Concerns for Web Applications

  • Threats and Attack Vectors
  • Server, Network, and Browser Vulnerabilities
  • Secure Design Principles
  • GET vs. POST
  • Container Authentication and Authorization
  • HTML Forms
  • Privacy Under /WEB-INF
  • HTTP and HTTPS
  • Other Cryptographic Practices
  • SOA and Web Services
  • The OWASP Top 10

Chapter 2. Authentication and Authorization

  • HTTP BASIC and DIGEST Authentication Schemes
  • Declaring Security Constraints
  • User Accounts
  • Safeguarding Credentials in Transit
  • Replay Attacks
  • Authorization Over URL Patterns
  • Roles
  • FORM Authentication
  • Login Form Design
  • Session Fixation
  • Protections
  • Programmatic Security
  • Programmatic Security in JSF

Chapter 3. Common Web Attacks

  • Forceful Browsing
  • Predictable Resource Locations
  • Using Random Numbers
  • Cross-Site Scripting
  • Output Escaping
  • Cross-Site Request Forgery
  • Synchronizer Tokens
  • Injection Attacks
  • Protections in JDBC and JPA
  • Session Management
  • Taking Care of Cookies

Chapter 4. Input Validation

  • Validating User Input
  • Validation Practices
  • Regular Expressions
  • Bean Validation (a/k/a JSR-303)
  • Constraint Annotations
  • Cross-Field Validation
  • Built-In Support in Java EE
  • Using a Validator
  • Producing Error Responses
  • JSF Validation

Chapter 5. HTTPS and Certificates

  • Digital Cryptography
  • Encryption
  • SSL and Secure Key Exchange
  • Hashing
  • Signature
  • Keystores
  • keytool
  • Why Keys Aren't Enough
  • X.509 Certificates
  • Certificate Authorities
  • Obtaining a Signed Certificate
  • Configuring HTTPS
  • Client-Side Certificates and Two-Way SSL
  • PKCS #12 and Trust Stores
  • CLIENT-CERT Authentication

Chapter 6. Application-Level Cryptography

  • The Java Cryptography Architecture
  • Secure Random Number Generation
  • The KeyStore API
  • Digital Signature
  • Hashing
  • Password Hashing
  • Why Hashing Isn't Enough
  • Salts
  • Key Lengthening and Key Strengthening
  • Slow Algorithms
  • The Java Cryptography Extensions
  • The SecretKey and KeyGenerator Types
  • Symmetric Encryption
  • Choosing Algorithms and Key Sizes
  • Dangerous Practices
  • Storing and Managing Keys

Chapter 7. REST Security Basics

  • Security Concerns for REST Services
  • Authorization by URL Pattern
  • Cross-Site Scripting
  • Injection Attacks
  • Cross-Site Request Forgery
  • Common Countermeasures

Chapter 8. HMAC Security

  • Use Case: Message Authentication
  • Digital Signature
  • Hashing as Signature: the HMAC
  • Keyed Hashing
  • The Hmac Utility
  • Appropriate Salts
  • Canonicalization
  • Amazon S3
  • Timestamps
  • Signing and Verifying Messages
  • XML Cryptography and Canonicalization
  • Canonicalizing JSON

Chapter 9. SAML SSO

  • The Challenge of Single Sign-On
  • Federated Identity
  • SAML 2.0
  • The Web Browser SSO Profile
  • Identity Providers and Service Providers
  • SAML Assertions
  • SAML Protocol
  • SAML Bindings
  • Speaking "Through" the Browser
  • The HTTP Redirect Binding
  • Artifact and SOAP Bindings
  • SAML Attributes
  • Security Concerns in SSO Systems

Chapter 10. OAuth

  • Use Case: Third-Party Authorization
  • OAuth
  • Initial Flow
  • Grant Types
  • Access Tokens
  • The Google OAuth API
  • Implementing Authorization and Resource Servers
  • Implementing Clients
  • Security Concerns with OAuth

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