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What are the major vulns that affect the Dalvik VM of Android?

I frequently hear about the security risks of using Android. But few people who write articles on this subject ever identify what parts of Android are at fault, nor do they identify design flaws. Can ...
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encrypting a file with an RSA key

I wrote a java program to encrypt and decrypt files using AES algorithm in CBC mode and a random initialization vector. but there is something fundamental I'm not understanding:first I generate a ...
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Java SSL factory connection to SSL server (with just public-key and certificate)

I am trying to connect to a SSL web server. We currently have a pkcs12 file and connect, that is our private-key and certificate. Is it possible to connect using Java code with a public-key and ...
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Can SHA-1 PRNG still create secure cipher keys?

I am concerned that a SHA-1 PRNG cannot produce an AES-256 cipher key with the expected 256 bits of security, or indeed any secure cipher key where over 165 bits of security are expected. The SHA-1 ...
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How do Java applet exploits work? [closed]

Browsers store web pages in a local cache on the client's machine. How does a hostile Java applet exploit this information to gain more privileges than it is entitled to? My understanding is that a ...
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How to keep an eye on upgrades, patches and security issues for used open-source libraries?

For a project with many open-source libraries as a part of it, I began to search for information source concerning all upgrades and security issues. The kind of sources I gathered are either ...
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What key to use in HMAC

I need to use HMAC on a certain message to guarantee integrity, but I cannot figure out what are the requirements for the key to be given as input to the hashing algorithm. In particular I have to ...
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What triggers a firewall to block a TCP socket?

I was wondering what would cause a firewall to block a TCP Java socket from connecting. What would trigger that?
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Reverse engineering and Java

Is java class file or jar file is easy to reverse engineer? Because java generates a class file after compilation and not exe files. Is jar and class files are easy to decompile compare to c# and C++? ...
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How secure is MongoDB wire protocol?

I'm building a JavaFX 2.0 standalone application (it'll be distributed as an .exe) and it opens a connection to a MongoDB instance. The connection is just a standard Mongo connection using the Mongo ...
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What is the best practice for storing a secret on the cloud?

This post on Securing Java Application Data for Cloud Computing offers a good introduction to using a Java KeyStore for securing encrypted data in the cloud. It neglects, however, to answer the ...
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How can a network observer identify computers running old versions of Java?

I received an email earlier today from my ISP (a university). The email reads (in part): Your network connection has been disabled because your version of Java is not patched for the most recent ...
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Are there any real life cases, where using final keyword in Java increases system security?

I've came across that question on StackOverflow: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/18755713/how-does-final-play-a-role-in-security The claim is made, that according to Wikipedia: A final class ...
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Configuring GCM cipher suites in Jetty based server

I have a Jetty based secure http service, and I wish to support GCM cipher suites. I know that Jetty internally use JSSE based ciphers, and there are many GCM ciphers coming with JSSE as documented ...
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Symmetric encryption involving load balancers - can't randomize key?

I'm working on encrypting a web application's cookie. Using symmetric AES/CBC, I encrypt the cookie data before writing it out, and then decrypt it when reading it back in - the standard stuff. The ...
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Grant permission to read java home from untrusted java code

I'm loading untrusted code at runtime and for this reason I'm also writing a custom SecurityManager. This untrusted code however lazy-loads some JRE classes that I do not want to block. Would it be ...
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Why don't we have any popular decentralized chat systems, social networks etc.? [closed]

Let's say two computers have the same decentralized chat program. Each user has to have an ip address and port number to send the message to another person. Each message is encrypted using, let's say, ...
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Should we allow JSPs to change on a running application server?

Should we allow JSPs to change on a running application server on a production system? My gut feeling is no. However, I can't seem to find any information to justify it. From a performance end, ...
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Java is running even after it is disabled [closed]

To prevent adds and pop-up that seduce users to install or download viruses I have disabled Java. But I have noticed that even with Java disables Firefox is still running it. The pop-ups are coming ...
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Can Jasper files be used as shells to attack java web apps?

JasperReports is an open source Java reporting tool that can write to a variety of targets, such as: screen, a printer, into PDF, HTML, Microsoft Excel, RTF, ODT, Comma-separated values or XML ...
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Cheating or service disruption by altering client-side code

A reasonably white-hatted hacker has demonstrated the ability to insert text of his own choosing into the communication between a java applet and a web based server. Not a simple MITM attack, but ...
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NTRU java attack implementation

I'm researching NTRU cryptosystem and started research based on source code from sourceforge and bouncy castle(java language). Currently I'm reseacrhing attacks on NTRU, based on CVP and SVP. But I'd ...
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How to identify the Java program that is maliciously accessing my web site from many client addresses?

For many years, my personal web site receives numerous pairs of hits that look like this, every day: 202.xx.xx.xx - - [22/Apr/2013:12:02:26 +0000] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 5923 "-" "Java/1.4.1_04" ...
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Understanding JVM zero day in relationship with other runtimes

I am a .net and php developer and since java has been in the news recently thanks to the string of zero days, I decided to brush up on security. In regards to the java zero days, this question has ...
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Import Public Private key pair to a Keystore

I have created a public private key pair using the KeyPairGenerator class in Java. From this key pair I have generated the CSR request using the PKCS10 class which has been sent to a CA for ...
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Should we protect web application source code from being stolen by web hosts through obfuscation? [duplicate]

Is it worth to obfuscate a java web app source code so that the web host cannot make wrong use of the code & probably even steal your business. If, so how to deal with this or how to obfuscate ? ...
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ESAPI: Input and output validation [closed]

I am new to IT Security and I have been tasked with coming up with input and output validation for ESAPI. So for input validation, so far I got: Data Type Name Email ...
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Custom programming language, and translator that translate it to Java to make more difficult to get source

I want to make my game extremely hard to decompile. So I've come up with the idea of a program which will contain my game's code, coded in a custom language, and which will translate that code into ...
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How to intercept url to disallow Forced Browsing in simple Dynamic Web Project?

I found an issue related to Forced Browsing in my web-application.And I was able to verify that my static content(like text document...mainly help documents) can be accessed by simply hitting the URL ...
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Is decryption using Java+JSF safer than using JavaScript?

First off, this is in addition to using SSL! I am building a web application that receives encrypted data from a server. The data is to be decrypted client-side. I've read enough posts here to see ...
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Implementing a commitment scheme in java

Are there any implementations of cryptographic commitment schemes available as API/libraries in Java? I looked around in the security package and couldn't find much. Any help is appreciated. Thanks
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Taking root ownership

Just gonna make this clear first, this is for class! I have an assignment that requires to 1) modify a web server written in Java to accept file uploads and to use this to deface the homepage (did ...
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Why do some Java APIs bypass standard SecurityManager checks?

In Java, normally permission checks are handled by the SecurityManager. To prevent untrusted code from invoking privileged code and exploiting some bug in the privileged code, SecurityManager checks ...
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Where do I get started in terms of learning how to exploit Java and Flash vulnerabilities? or browser exploitation in general

Another Java 0day was discovered today which got me thinking how browser exploitation (remote execution on clients browser) works. I am unable to find any books or resources online about browser ...
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POC of a Java exploit using leftover JREs

Summary: I would like to show a proof of concept of a Java exploit using an old JRE on an up-to-date machine to cut short discussions on the "but we are patched so why removing older versions" ...
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Security of JVM for Server

Using type- and memory-safe languages like Java and Scala for server applications gave me the confidence of having a basic level of security (e.g. compared to C). Now with the recent wave of Oracle ...
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AppEngine Sandbox

Does anyone know how the AppEngine sandbox is implemented? I heard they use a SecurityManager with Java but surely they are using another layer as well like LXC. I've looked at the whitelist and there ...
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Protect java WEB application inside the server(against reverse engineering) [closed]

I have a web application running on Glassfish 3.1.2 servlet container and I need a way to protect the compiled java classes. I have tried to obfuscate the source code but it didn't work. The project ...
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Will disabling the Java add-on in IE protect you from Java exploits?

Concerning the recent Java vulnerability (Should I be disabling Java?), the most common advise seems to be to disable Java plug-ins in the browser. However, Heise Security suggests that, when it ...
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How safe is WSIT username authentication with symmetric key?

I have an ajax-ws web service (exposed via glassfish) that uses username authentication with a symmetric key to encrypt and authenticate clients(link). How secure is this mechanism? Is this enough to ...
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security implications of Java's System.load vs System.loadLibrary

Jumping from http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7016391/difference-between-system-load-and-system-loadlibrary-in-java What are the security implications of both approach ? ...
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Security of viewing a website containing Java applets offline

I've been wondering whether viewing a website offline increases the security risk. The reason why I'm asking is that having been a short time java applet developer (for a small task) I've come to ...
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Does Java applets reveal the real IP address, even when using proxy or vpn?

Can a Java applet reveal the original client IP address, when browsing through a proxy or a VPN? Why?
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How can I circumvent the lack of Java updates?

Just imagine you have a bunch of computers which need Java for some important software and you can't just switch to another vendor because all are using Java in this field of technology. If you start ...
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Is there any public information on audited Java open source projects?

I'm sure that there must have been any number of audits on common Java open source projects, many of them for governments or publicly-funded bodies. Have any of the results been made public, so that ...
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What Checkstyle or Findbugs rules detect common vulnerabilities?

Looking for experience with both built in and custom checks. I do not need references to commercial source code analysers.
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JInitiator is obsolete and I should reject it on grounds of security, right?

I'm getting a lot of flack and resistance from developers for not allowing a large (200+ users) roll-out of Oracle's JInitiator (http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/testcontent/jinit-084453.html) as ...
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Hardening JRE deployment - webjava

I am trying to set up some hardened deployment settings for Java for the end-users' machines on my network. I have my system wide deployment config and properties files set up: ...
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Website vulnerability scanner in Java && Open Source

I am working on a Web platform that must-need-should have a good level of security. Therefore, I am interested in a good quality tool to test my Web platform QA on security. My main programming ...
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jasypt message integrity

I've been looking into ways to encrypt an authentication token that I need to pass from one site to another. Things i have learned so far are use a high level library. don't use ECB use a HMAC to ...