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Java Security by Scott Oaks
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One of Java's most striking claims is that it provides a secure programming environment. Yet despite endless discussion, few people understand precisely what Java's claims mean and how it backs up those claims. If you're a developer, network administrator or anyone else who must understand or work with Java's security mechanisms, this text provides an in-depth exploration. It focuses on the basic platform features of Java that provide security - the class loader, the bytecode verifier, and the security manager - and recent additions to Java that enhance this security model: digital signatures, security providers, and the access controller. The book covers the security model of Java 2, Version 1.3, which is significantly different from that of Java 1.1. It has extensive coverage of the two new important security APIs: JAAS (Java Authentication and Authorization Service) and JSSE (Java Secure Sockets Extension). The text aims to provide a clear understanding of the architecture of Java's security model and how to use that model in both programming and administration. Intended primarily for programmers who want to write secure Java applications, it is also a valuable resource for system and network administrators who are interested in Java security, particularly those who are interested in assessing the risk of using Java and need to understand how the security model works in order to assess whether or not Java meets their security needs.

Author Biography

Scott Oaks is a Java Technologist at Sun Microsystems, where he has worked since 1987. While at Sun, he has specialized in many disparate technologies, from the SunOS kernel to network programming and RPCs. Since 1995 he has primarily focused on Java and bringing Java technology to end users.
Release date NZ
June 11th, 2001
Country of Publication
United States
2nd Revised edition
1, black & white illustrations
O'Reilly Media, Inc, USA
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