[OWASP-ESAPI] ESAPI SecureStrings
ron.lievens at sogeti.nl
Thu Apr 2 03:59:05 EDT 2009
In the web services we develop, we store credit-card information.
Most people will use Strings to store credit-card info and store an
encrypted version in the database.
But Strings in Java are immutable and are not deleted by the garbage
collection. (what's new)
So the credit-card information is only removed from memory when the web
service goes down:S
This problem is easily solved by using a char array instead of a String.
In .NET there is a SecureString object, which stores the string
encrypted in memory.
In my opinion is this feature missing from ESAPI.
If I were to implement this feature, how can I contribute this to ESAPI?
Please give me your ideas about this subject.
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