J2EE Misconfiguration: Data Transmission Without Encryption
Weakness ID: 5 (Weakness Variant)Status: Draft
+ Description

Description Summary

Information sent over a network can be compromised while in transit. An attacker may be able to read/modify the contents if the data are sent in plaintext or are weakly encrypted.
+ Time of Introduction
  • Implementation
  • Operation
+ Applicable Platforms



+ Potential Mitigations

The application configuration should ensure that SSL or an encryption mechanism of equivalent strength and vetted reputation is used for all access-controlled pages.

+ Other Notes

If an application uses SSL to guarantee confidential communication with client browsers, the application configuration should make it impossible to view any access controlled page without SSL. There are three common ways for SSL to be bypassed: - (1) A user manually enters URL and types "HTTP" rather than "HTTPS". - (2) Attackers intentionally send a user to an insecure URL. - (3) A programmer erroneously creates a relative link to a page in the application, failing to switch from HTTP to HTTPS. (This is particularly easy to do when the link moves between public and secured areas on a web site.)

+ Relationships
NatureTypeIDNameView(s) this relationship pertains toView(s)
Seven Pernicious Kingdoms (primary)700
ChildOfCategoryCategory4J2EE Environment Issues
Development Concepts (primary)699
ChildOfWeakness BaseWeakness Base319Cleartext Transmission of Sensitive Information
Research Concepts (primary)1000
+ Taxonomy Mappings
Mapped Taxonomy NameNode IDFitMapped Node Name
7 Pernicious KingdomsJ2EE Misconfiguration: Insecure Transport
+ Content History
Submission DateSubmitterOrganizationSource
7 Pernicious KingdomsExternally Mined
Modification DateModifierOrganizationSource
2008-07-01Eric DalciCigitalExternal
updated Time of Introduction
2008-09-08CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Relationships, Other Notes, Taxonomy Mappings
Previous Entry Names
Change DatePrevious Entry Name
2008-04-11J2EE Misconfiguration: Insecure Transport