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Is Java secure? That depends, says Scott Oaks: What are you going to use it for? Fortunately, Oaks doesn't stop there: His latest book presents a systematic, realistic tour of Java security, showing how it's evolved to include options never included in the original Java sandbox (such as support for digital signatures and external auditing security managers). Oaks focuses on what programmers need to know to implement security (with plenty of code samples). However, the book will also be useful to sysadmins and managers who must clearly understand the security issues associated with the Java software they're running.
Java Security, Second Edition covers virtually every Java security-related feature and architectural issue developers will encounter in building secure applications: the security manager; the class loader; security providers; keys and certificates; and many other key topics. Java security continues to evolve rapidly, so Oaks doesn't stop with the major changes introduced by the Java 2 security model; he reviews optional Java 1.3 security extensions that will move into the core SDK in release 1.4. These include the Java Secure Sockets Extension (JSSE) 1.0.2 (for performing key management and SSL operations); and the Java Authentication and Authorization Service (JAAS) 1.0.
You'll learn how to build Java applications that implement your organization's custom security policies; as well as how to leverage "generic" security features such as digital signatures. He pulls no punches; to the extent that Java security remains limited, he tells you ("If you really need conformance with a U.S. government-approved definition of security, Java is not the platform for you.") (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant and writer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.