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Security issues with J2ME!

 
Nizan Horsefield
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I've been doing a little research into an area that should concern all J2ME developers, and that is malicious activity. This link provides quite a concise overview of how the industry feels: http://www.net-security.org/text/articles/viruses/javanization.shtml .
It is not just virus activity that we should be concerned with. With the introduction of 2.5 and 3G networks, our devices that hold our personal data will be online all of the time! An easy target for hackers? Should we be concerned about this? Do we need J2ME firewalls? Port blockers? Anti-virus software?
I would have to say yes! All of the security measures that we take to secure our enterprise systems from unwanted access, have to be put in place to protect our data. But should we rely on the serverside to filter out attacks, our will we have to load the software on to our device?

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Nizan Horsefield
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Nizan Horsefield
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Mcafee have started the work:
http://www8.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,2661667,00.html
 
Mark Herschberg
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Along these lines, I went to two talks that mentioned J2ME security issues.
JSR-188 MIDP:NG is likely going to include HTTPS. This is great news, something I've been pushing for for months.
Also, there are SSL implementations for MIDP (I don't recall the URL offhand, unfortunately, maybe try a google search). I'll try to post it here when I get back home and go through my notes.
--Mark
 
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