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Peer reviews for security are a waste of time?

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At this year’s RSA conference, one of the panel’s questioned whether software security is a waste of time. A panellist, John Viega, said a few things that I agreed with, and a lot that I didn’t. Especially that “peer reviews for security are a waste of time.” This statement is wrong on every level. Everyone should know by now that ...

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Add RememberMe Authentication With Spring Security

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I mentioned in my post Add Social Login to Jiwhiz Blog that the RememberMe function was not working with Spring Social Security. Well, it is because the application is not authenticating the user by username and password now, and is totally depending on social websites (like Google, Facebook and Twitter) to do the job. The default Spring Security configuration cannot ...

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Your Password Is No Longer Secret, Part 1

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Of course, the title is a trick. Your password is still secret, for now. To be sure that it will remain so, try to answer the following questions to yourself: How strong are your passwords? How strong they should be in order to prevent other people from revealing them? Are your password habits really adequate? Here, I assume that you ...

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Appsec at RSA 2013

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This was my second time at the RSA conference on IT security. Like last year, I focused on the appsec track, starting with a half-day mini-course on how to write secure applications for developers, presented by Jim Manico and Eoin Keary representing OWASP. It was a well-attended session. Solid, clear guidance from people who really do understand what it takes ...

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How To Secure an Organization That Is Under Constant Attack

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There have been many recent security incidents at well-respected organizations like the Federal Reserve, the US Energy Department, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. If these large organizations are incapable of keeping unwanted people off their systems, then who is? The answer unfortunately is: not many. So we must assume our systems are compromised. Compromised is the ...

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A brief chronology of SSL/TLS attacks

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I haven’t had a substantial post for quite a long time, so it’s time for something useful and interesting. Although not Java-specific, this post might still be interesting to some of  you. A brief warning before reading: This is a very lengthy post, but – believe it or not – this is just the brief summary of an even longer ...

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OAuth 2.0 Bearer Token Profile Vs MAC Token Profile

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Almost all the implementation I see today are based on OAuth 2.0 Bearer Token Profile. Of course its an RFC proposed standard today. OAuth 2.0 Bearer Token profile brings a simplified scheme for authentication. This specification describes how to use bearer tokens in HTTP requests to access OAuth 2.0 protected resources. Any party in possession of a bearer token (a ...

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A Grails plugin to bridge Spring Security and Shiro

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I started using Spring Security in 2007 when I was tasked with adding security to a Spring/Hibernate application at the company I was working for. There were a few options to choose from, none of them particularly friendly to work with, and we chose Acegi Security because it was the most popular option for Spring applications. My experience was like ...

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Securing your Tomcat app with SSL and Spring Security

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If you’ve seen my last blog, you’ll know that I listed ten things that you can do with Spring Security. However, before you start using Spring Security in earnest one of the first things you really must do is to ensure that your web app uses the right transport protocol, which in this case is HTTPS – after all there’s ...

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