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Java Security (2nd Edition) Paperback – May 24, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0596001575 ISBN-10: 0596001576 Edition: Second Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Java Series
  • Paperback: 620 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Second Edition edition (May 24, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596001576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596001575
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #982,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Scott Oakes' Java Security is extraordinary both for its technical depth and its readability. It provides the Java programmer with a complete overview of the Java security architecture and security classes, plus a wealth of detailed information and code examples for specific implementations. The book opens with a clear discussion of what Java security is, how the various Java sandbox models work, and how Java applications and applets execute within the security model. The following chapters look in depth at the elements of the Java security architecture: language rules, class loaders, the security manager, the access controller, and permission objects. All these chapters provide detailed information on implementation, as well as an excellent explanation of the role of each feature within the entire security picture. The second half of the book covers cryptographic features in the Java security package (much enhanced in Java 1.2) and how Java programs work with code that performs authentication and encryption. Here, you'll find detailed chapters on message digests, keys and certificates, key management, digital signatures, and the Java Cryptography Extensions. Anyone who needs to understand Java security, but especially those who will implement security features in Java applications, will want to own this book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'This is a great book about Java Security. If you are a Java programmer who want to write secure applications or a system administrator, you should read this book'. Evgeny Gesin, JavaDesk, Israel.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By JM on May 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
The best book on Java security in the market . Assumes that the reader has a fair understanding of Java programming. Provides clear differences between Java 1.1 and Java 2 models . Exhaustive coverage of basic java principles like built in language security features and byte code verification. Good examples on class loaders . Covers various security managers ex AppletSecurity Manager , RMI Security manager . Provides solid foundation for features like code signing , digital signatures , encryption etc. In a nutshell , book for security enthsiasts.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 1999
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If you wish to become an in-depth expert in Java security, this book is for you. But if you just want to find out how to add specific aspects of Java security to your applications, this book is the long way around the block. It would be better to have some how-to examples early in each chapter, followed by the background and theory of each concept. Instead, you have to figure out "how-to" based on the discussion.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Anthony M. Paper on September 14, 2000
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This book was my first introduction to Java Security. After reading the book, I was able to gain exposure to many complex areas of the Java Security/JCA/JCE APIs to include Class loaders, Byte Code Verifiers, Policy Files, Security Manager, Access Controller, Permissions, Message Digests, Data Encryption, Key Agreements, Digital Signatures, and Digital Certificates. My only negative comment was that the author did not provide any examples using the Secure Sockets Library (SSL). I am currently working on implementing security related issues associated with B2B data exchange and felt that this book was extremely helpful. I would highly recommend this book for any serious Java Developer.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 2002
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If you are looking for information about cryptography and examples on different implementation and usage of the API:s this is not you book.
The author goes throught the standard stuff about the classloader and JVM security. There are very little examples and discussion for every day programmer. Most of the examples are for those planning to write their own classloaders and security managers. Furthermore, the areas of Cryptography is poorly covered, most of the text is just method explanation from the API documentation. There are very few examples that you migth be able to use.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Prasad Reddy on July 29, 2007
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The content of this book is dated now and this book needs a revision. The book does not cover Java security from JDK 1.4 and above. I suggest to use Core Security Patterns by Steel, Nagappan, Lay, which covers Java and J2EE security todate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ben Rothke on February 20, 2002
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Like the stimulating brew with which it shares its name, Java is a rich programming language that offers vast functionality. Many organizations have prohibited Java from their networks due to its supposed security risks. While Java does, of course, pose risks, such risks exist in every programming language. Anyone interested in taking an honest look at the risks of using Java to see whether it meets security needs should consider Java Security required reading.
Author Scott Oaks does an excellent job in showing the deep security functionality afforded by Java, taking the often abstract Java security concepts and explaining them in a clear and understandable style. As a senior software engineer with Sun Microsystems, Oaks has focused on Java for a number of years, and his expertise shows.
While directed at Java programmers, the book has significant value for any programmer or system administrator who needs to understand how Java security works. Those who may want to exploit Java's rich blend of features should gulp down this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Smith on April 26, 2006
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JDK 1.5 has many updates to platform security as well as APIs. I bought this book recently and it does not have updates after jdk 1.4.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Beneito Barquero on August 26, 2005
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A good introduction and explanation of the Java language security (sandbox, security manager, access controller and class loaders). The same for criptography, it is clearer than Java criptography. It includes great chapters for SSL and JAAS. God job Scott (Oaks). I really recommend this book both for introduction and guide.
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