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From Ahmed Khan <ahmadkha...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Concealing primary key in web application with struts 2 from security perspective?
Date Sat, 30 Nov 2013 20:43:31 GMT
Try other frameworks like Apache Shiro. Also JSF has a builtin feature
where fields marked as disabled or read only are not transferred to and fom
the client.




On Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 9:43 PM, Dave Newton <davelnewton@gmail.com> wrote:

> No, I think everyone understood. Struts is authorization-agnostic.
>  On Nov 30, 2013 2:17 PM, "Mohit Gupta" <motgupta@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Guys looks like i was not clear in my question earlier. My requirement is
> > something like this
> >
> > i make a call to struts 2 action which forwards the request to
> customer.jsp
> > which populates the fields from CustomerInfo.java (data object). Say
> > CustomerInfo has a field customerId .Assume its value was 100 when
> response
> > was sent to user on UI. But some hacker/user changes the value to 300 to
> > see some unauthorize data.
> >
> > What i am trying to ask here does struts 2 provide any inbuilt
> interceptor
> > so that it can track those secure fields(assume i have
> > annotated customerId  with some annotation say @secureId) modification
> and
> > throw error in case it is modified.
> >
> >
> > On Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 10:41 PM, Paul Benedict <pbenedict@apache.org
> > >wrote:
> >
> > > Mohit, feel free to check out Spring Security. It works with any
> > framework
> > > to authenticate or authorize resources; it just becomes your
> > responsibility
> > > to configure it correctly.
> > >
> > >
> > > On Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 9:36 AM, Dave Newton <davelnewton@gmail.com>
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > > I don't see how it could, since there are an essentially unlimited
> > number
> > > > of back ends, authorization mechanisms, etc that would need to be
> > > accounted
> > > > for. Struts 2 is agnostic when it comes to basically everything but
> the
> > > web
> > > > layer.
> > > >  On Nov 30, 2013 3:40 AM, "Mohit Gupta" <motgupta@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > I agree its not a struts 2 issue. My intention of question is just
> to
> > > ask
> > > > > does struts 2 provide any kind of implementation off the shelf
> (some
> > > kind
> > > > > of interceptor or any other approach)to address this. Thanks in
> > advance
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > On Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 12:16 PM, Paul Benedict <
> > pbenedict@apache.org
> > > > > >wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > > Exposing the primary key is not a security issue; you always
have
> > to
> > > > key
> > > > > > off something. What you need is business logic that ensures
that
> a
> > > user
> > > > > may
> > > > > > only access what he may. That's not a Struts issue; it's logic
> that
> > > you
> > > > > > need to add in your business services.
> > > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > > > > On Fri, Nov 29, 2013 at 11:24 PM, Mohit Gupta <
> motgupta@gmail.com>
> > > > > wrote:
> > > > > >
> > > > > > > When you have internet facing application , its important
not
> to
> > > > expose
> > > > > > > direct object reference on UI to protect security
> > > vulnerability(where
> > > > > > user
> > > > > > > can retrieve the unauthorized data by merely changing the
> primary
> > > > key).
> > > > > > > When you are righting the application from scratch there
are
> > > various
> > > > > ways
> > > > > > > you can handle it like :-
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > 1)Handling at data layer where query has user id in where
> class.
> > > user
> > > > > id
> > > > > > > should be picked from session
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > 2)Maintaining the map reference map at server side . Key
can be
> > > some
> > > > > > number
> > > > > > > generated based on some algo and value will be primary
key.
> Then
> > > > expose
> > > > > > > that number on ui . On server side get the value against
that
> > key.
> > > > Even
> > > > > > if
> > > > > > > user manipulate the number corresponding value wont be
found
> and
> > > > throw
> > > > > an
> > > > > > > error. Something like this.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > There will be other ways also.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > My question is there something of similar kind available
in
> > struts
> > > 2
> > > > > >  where
> > > > > > > you can annotate the any field with primary key and it
does the
> > > step
> > > > 2
> > > > > > for
> > > > > > > you or any other implementation to abstract primary key.
 Any
> > > ideas?
> > > > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > > > > --
> > > > > > Cheers,
> > > > > > Paul
> > > > > >
> > > > >
> > > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > --
> > > Cheers,
> > > Paul
> > >
> >
>



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