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From Peter <j...@zeus.net.au>
Subject Re: Apacher River over Internet
Date Mon, 15 Jun 2015 07:51:58 GMT

Some additional notes:

   1. Use the BasicJeriExporter (via your configuration) with the
      SSLServerExporter and BasicILFactory
   2. Look at the javadoc in the net.jini.jeri.ssl package, this
      requires SSL certificates.
   3. Set your constraints:
         1. ConfidentialityStrength to strong.
         2. Confidentiality to yes.
         3. ClientAuthentication to yes.
   4. Make sure DGC is disabled (it's insecure), you'll need to retain a
      strong reference locally to your server, to keep your service
      alive; so it doesn't get garbage collected after exporting.

If you grant permissions to your codebase signers (optionally you may 
also configure it to be running with specific Principal's) then you 
don't need to worry about proxy preparation and granting permissions 
dynamically.   Sufficient permissions for the proxy to contact the 
server host will be granted automatically.



On 14/06/2015 3:36 PM, Peter wrote:
> Hi Sergio,
> No IIOP isn't the right solution, IIOP is designed for intra language 
> operability (eg C or C++) on local trusted networks.
> Firstly there are some restrictions on internet communications due to 
> firewalls and NAT (network address translation):
>   1. Services (servers) must be visible, that is have a static IPv4
>      address or an IPv6 address that is globally visible on a known
>      port, or is a known port on a resolvable domain name address.
>   2. Services behind firewalls with NAT, must be assigned a port on the
>      firewall.
>   3. It is possible for clients behind firewalls to contact an internet
>      visible service, and be contacted by the service, but only after
>      the client has initiated communications, so for instance, clients
>      of javaspaces on separate private networks, may put and take from
>      an internet visible javaspace service.
> If you want security, use secure unicast discovery, clients and 
> servers must be authenticated prior to any deserialization occurring, 
> see javadoc for the following packages or classes:
>   1. com.sun.jini.discovery.ssl
>   2. net.jini.discovery.ConstrainableLookupLocator
>   3. net.jini.discovery.LookupLocatorDiscovery
>   4. net.jini.core.constraint.ClientAuthentication
>   5. net.jini.core.constraint.ServerAuthentication
>   6. com.sun.jini.discovery.DiscoveryProtocolVersion (TWO)
> When you configure your lookup service (Reggie), you must configure it 
> to always use client authentication, this strategy should also be 
> adopted for any other services you have.
> Your also need to sign your codebase jar files.
> Don't concern yourself too much with proxy trust, this is performed 
> after downloading, class loading and deserializing a proxy (too late), 
> the only way to ensure security, is to authenticate servers and 
> clients and sign codebases.  Do not allow anyone to register their 
> services to your lookup service without authenticating.
> Don't believe the outdated story that Reggie doesn't pose a security 
> risk, it's only secure if clients are always authenticated.  If you 
> don't authenticate your clients, over a secure connection, then Reggie 
> is exposed to deserialization attacks.
> For client security, make sure you always authenticate the lookup 
> service (during discovery), also install the 
> net.jini.loader.pref.RequireDLPermProvider and grant 
> net.jini.loader.DownloadPermission to your codebase signers.
> With regards to proxy trust, I recently investigated fixing security 
> issues and developed a working prototype for community demonstration / 
> discussion (doing so would allow the establishment of a service 
> community where not all parties were known to each other and 
> authentication of clients wasn't always desired or required):
>   1. Input validation (similar to a web server validating html) of data
>      streamed to an ObjectInputStream, which ultimately involved the
>      replacement of the ObjectInputStream, to prevent deserialization
>      attacks (Constraint based).
>   2. Annotating jar files with permissions required by a service proxy
>      (least privilege principle), to be granted during proxy trust
>      establishment.
>   3. Inversion of responsibility during proxy trust establishment,
>      instead of performing untrusted class loading, for a smart proxy,
>      prior to asking it for a bootstrap proxy, then determining proxy
>      trust (too late).  Instead, obtain the bootstrap proxy (local code
>      only, with input validation) and ask it for the smart proxy during
>      proxy trust verification, this also allows for delayed
>      unmarshalling during lookup and filtering on entry's locally,
>      before any codebase downloading is performed.
> However the prototype wasn't well received, the community expressed 
> concern that River is well established on local networks and 
> discussing security and its problems on the internet creates a 
> perception that River is complex.  My original plan was to first fix 
> security, then to create tools to streamline it.
> There is an opportunity for River to remove proxy trust and simplify 
> security, which fits well with expressed concerns, for limited 
> internet connectivity (where all connections are securely 
> authenticated and the lookup service authenticates clients and all 
> clients know and trust each other), leaving proxy trust as is, without 
> fixing however, leaves security complicated superfluously.
> So as I said, don't be too concerned about proxy trust; it doesn't 
> enhance security under current circumstances.
> Regards,
> Peter.
>> Hi, I have an client/server application using Apache River using the
>> BasicJeriExporter over tcp/ip. Now I have a requirement to use it across
>> the Internet (currently using local network). How could be it done? I 
>> saw
>> Apache River can communicate using IIOP, would it be a good approach? 
>> Has
>> someone tried to use Apache River over IIOP?
>> Thank you.

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