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Java GUI and Security

 
Stephen Murphy
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I am designing a GUI for a project at my college. I have been told to look at security issues. As the project is not web-based, I don't really know what security issues there would be. The GUI will interface with databases using JDBC, so maybe that's where security will come into play. Advice anyone?
 
Stefan Wagner
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The first (and only) idea that comes to my mind is, to use a JPasswordField to ask the user for his password at the database, instead of a JTextField, and not to use a hardcoded password.
 
Ken Blair
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That's where I'd start. Might also look at how you can prevent malicious Java code from intercepting this. For example, how might I use Java to intercept the password when they login and spit it out to a logfile or e-mail it to someone? What about database security and ensuring users can't do anything destructive? It's hard to say what your professor meant by "security". I would start with Stefan's suggestion of at least making them logon to the database themselves and then look at how to protect that information from being intercepted or misused.
 
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