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Support Java 2 Security to restrict application acceess to local resoures
This a CAT-I finding for DoD STIG: Below is their reasoning:
Rule Title: The WebSphere Application Server Java 2 security must be enabled.
Discussion: Java 2 security provides a policy-based fine grained access control mechanism that increases overall system integrity by checking for permissions before allowing access to certain protected system resources. Java 2 Security is independent on J2EE role-based authorization. Java 2 Security guards access to system resources such as file input and output, sockets, and properties, whereas J2EE security guards access to Web resources such as servlets and JSP files. Administrators should understand the possible consequences of enabling Java 2 Security if applications are not prepared for Java 2 Security. Java 2 Security places some new requirements on application developers and administrators. Admins need to make sure that all the applications are granted the required permissions; otherwise, applications may fail to run. By default, applications are granted the permissions recommended in the J2EE 1.3 Specification. For details of default permissions granted to applications in WebSphere, please refer to the following policy files:
/QIBM/ProdData/Java400/jdk14/lib/security/java.policy /QIBM/UserData/WebASE51/ASE/instance/properties/server.policy /QIBM/UserData/WebASE51/ASE/instance/config/cells/cell/nodes/node/app.policy where instance is the name of your instance, cell is the name of your cell, and node is the name of your node.
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