Desktop application security in Java

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3 days
Java

Platform

Linux, Windows

Preparedness

General Java development

Audience

Java developers working on desktop applications

Group size

12 participants

Labs

Hands-on

Outline

  • Cyber security basics
  • Input validation
  • Security features
  • Time and state
  • Cryptography for developers
  • Common software security weaknesses
  • Using vulnerable components
  • Wrap up

Objective list

  • Getting familiar with essential cyber security concepts
  • Handling security challenges in your Java code
  • Identify vulnerabilities and their consequences
  • Learn the security best practices in Java
  • Understanding how cryptography can support security of your products
  • Learning how to use cryptographic APIs correctly in Java

Description

Your application written in Java works as intended, so you are done, right? But did you consider feeding in incorrect values? 16Gbs of data? A null? An apostrophe? Negative numbers, or specifically -232? Because that’s what the bad guys will do – and the list is far from complete.

Handling security needs a healthy level of paranoia, and this is what this course provides: a strong emotional engagement by lots of hands on labs and stories from real life, all to substantially improve code hygiene. Mistakes, consequences and best practices are our blood, sweat and tears.

All this is put in the context of Java, and extended by core programming issues, discussing security pitfalls of the Java language and framework.

So that you are prepared for the forces of the dark side.

So that nothing unexpected happens.

Nothing.

Table of contents

  • Cyber security basics
    • What is security?
    • Threat and risk
    • Cyber security threat types
    • Consequences of insecure software
      • Constraints and the market
      • The dark side
      • Motivation and intent
    • Categorization of bugs
      • The Seven Pernicious Kingdoms
      • Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE)
      • CWE/SANS Top 25 Most Dangerous Software Errors
      • SEI Cert Secure Coding Guidelines
      • Vulnerabilities in the environment and dependencies
  • Input validation
    • Input validation principles
      • Blacklists and whitelists
      • Data validation techniques
      • What to validate – the attack surface
      • Where to validate – defense in depth
      • How to validate – validation vs transformations
      • Output sanitization
      • Encoding challenges
      • Validation with regex
    • Injection
      • Injection principles
      • Injection attacks
      • Code injection
        • OS command injection
          • OS command injection best practices
          • Using Runtime.exec()
          • Using ProcessBuilder
          • Case study – Shellshock
          • Lab – Shellshock
          • Case study – Command injection via ping
        • Script injection
      • Injection best practices
    • Integer handling problems
      • Representing signed numbers
      • Integer visualization
      • Integer overflow
      • Lab – Integer overflow
      • Signed / unsigned confusion in Java
      • Integer truncation
      • Best practices
        • Upcasting
        • Precondition testing
        • Postcondition testing
        • Using big integer libraries
        • Integer handling in Java
        • Lab – Integer handling
      • Other numeric problems
        • Division by zero
        • Working with floating-point numbers
    • Unsafe reflection
      • Reflection without validation
      • Lab – Unsafe reflection
    • Unsafe native code
      • Native code dependence
      • Lab – Unsafe JNI
      • Best practices for dealing with native code
  • Security features
    • Authentication
      • Authentication basics
      • Authentication weaknesses
      • Case study – PayPal 2FA bypass
      • User interface best practices
      • Lab – On-line password brute forcing
      • Password management
        • Inbound password management
          • Storing account passwords
          • Password in transit
          • Lab – Why is just hashing passwords not enough?
          • Dictionary attacks and brute forcing
          • Salting
          • Adaptive hash functions for password storage
          • Password policy
            • NIST authenticator requirements for memorized secrets
            • Password length
            • Password hardening
            • Using passphrases
            • Lab – Applying a password policy
          • The Ashley Madison data breach
            • The dictionary attack
            • The ultimate crack
            • Exploitation and the lessons learned
          • Password database migration
            • (Mis)handling null passwords
        • Outbound password management
          • Hard coded passwords
          • Best practices
          • Lab – Hardcoded password
          • Protecting sensitive information in memory
            • Challenges in protecting memory
            • Storing sensitive data in memory
    • Authorization
      • Access control basics
      • Access control in databases
        • Lab – Database access control
        • MySQL best practices
      • Privileges and permissions
        • Permission manipulation
        • Incorrect use of privileged APIs
        • Permission best practices
          • Principle of least privilege
          • Principle of separation of privilege
          • Permission granting and handling
    • Java platform security
      • The Java programming language and runtime environment
      • Type safety and security
      • Security features of the JRE
        • The ClassLoader and the BytecodeVerifier
      • Application-level access control in Java
        • Permissions and the Security Manager
        • Privilege best practices
      • Role-based access control
        • Java Authentication and Authorization Services (JAAS)
      • Protecting Java code and applications
        • Code signing
        • Lab – Code signing and permissions
    • Information exposure
      • Exposure through extracted data and aggregation
      • Case study – Strava fitness app data exposure
      • System information leakage
        • Leaking system information
      • Information exposure best practices
    • UI security
      • UI security principles
      • Sensitive information in the user interface
      • Misinterpretation of UI features or actions
      • Insufficient UI feedback
      • Relying on hidden or disabled UI element
      • Insufficient anti-automation
  • Time and state
    • Race conditions
      • Race condition in object data members
        • Singleton member fields
        • Lab – Singleton member fields
      • File race condition
        • Insecure temporary file
      • Database race conditions
        • Lab – Database race conditions
      • Avoiding race conditions in Java
  • Cryptography for developers
    • Cryptography basics
    • Java Cryptographic Architecture (JCA) in brief
    • Elementary algorithms
      • Random number generation
        • Pseudo random number generators (PRNGs)
        • Cryptographically strong PRNGs
        • Using virtual random streams
        • Weak and strong PRNGs
        • Using random numbers in Java
        • Case study – Equifax credit account freeze
        • Lab – Random numbers in Java
      • Hashing
        • Hashing basics
        • Common hashing mistakes
        • Hashing in Java
        • Lab – Hashing in JCA
    • Confidentiality protection
      • Symmetric encryption
        • Block ciphers
        • Modes of operation
        • Modes of operation and IV – best practices
        • Encryption in Java
        • Lab – Encryption in JCA
      • Asymmetric encryption
        • The RSA algorithm
          • Using RSA – best practices
          • Using RSA in Java
          • Lab – Using RSA in JCA
          • Combining symmetric and asymmetric algorithms
    • Integrity protection
      • Message Authentication Code (MAC)
        • Calculating MAC in Java
        • Lab – Calculating MAC in JCA
      • Digital signatures
      • Digital signature
        • Digital signature with RSA
        • Digital signature in Java
        • Lab – Digital signature in JCA
    • Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)
      • Some further key management challenges
      • Certificates
        • Chain of trust
        • Certificate management – best practices
  • Common software security weaknesses
    • Errors
      • Error and exception handling principles
      • Error handling
        • Returning a misleading status code
        • Reachable assertion
        • Information exposure through error reporting
      • Exception handling
        • In the catch block. And now what?
        • Catching NullPointerException
        • Empty catch block
    • Code quality
      • Data
        • Initialization and cleanup
          • Constructors and destructors
          • Class initialization cycles
          • Lab – Initialization cycles
        • Unreleased resource
          • The finalize() method – best practices
      • Object oriented programming pitfalls
        • Relying on accessibility modifiers
        • Accessibility modifiers
        • Overriding and accessibility modifiers
        • Inheritance and overriding
        • Mutability
          • Lab – Mutable object
        • Cloning
  • Using vulnerable components
    • Lab – Importing JavaScript
    • Vulnerability management
      • Patch management
      • Vulnerability databases
      • Lab – Searching for vulnerabilities in the used components
  • Wrap up
    • Secure coding principles
      • Principles of robust programming by Matt Bishop
      • Secure design principles of Saltzer and Schröder
    • And now what?
      • Further sources and readings
      • Java resources

Pricing

3 days Session Price

2250 EUR / person

  • Live, instructor led classroom training
  • Discussion and insight into the hacker’s mindset
  • Hands-on practice using case studies based on high-profile hacks and live lab exercises
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