ESAPI Encryption

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Feature Overview


Possible Enhancements

  • Potentially rename Seal and Unseal to better describe what they do
  • seal() should include an HMAC or integrity check to ensure that the encrypted data has not been tampered with (see CWE-649). (NOTE: By default, ESAPI crypto already ensures message authenticity and seal() uses that, so this likely would be redundant. -Kevin W. Wall)
  • The API should include support for key rotation; indicated key used for encryption of data
  • The API should allow key management to be externalized, to allow developers to integrate their own key management strategies (such as a PKI).
  • The documentation for each method should indicate whether it is designed to protect integrity, confidentiality, or both; and whether it is suitable for encrypting transient items (such as hidden form fields) or is designed for long-term storage.
  • Get rid of JavaEncryptor as a singleton. It causes numerous problems and makes some things impossible if one wishes to only interact with it through the Encryptor interface level.
  • Make it simpler to use different cipher algorithms or key sizes for symmetric encryption. This requires a major kludge today that is not at all thread safe without explicit locks. (It was so bad in fact, that the method to support this kludge was immediately deprecated!)
  • Change sign() / validateSignature() so they can use persistent asymmetric keys and store public / private keys used with asymmetric crypto operations in a PKCS#12 or JKS key store.
  • Create separate properties file for ESAPI crypto properties. Name it "" or something similar. (Google Issue #48.)
  • Provide tamper-evident logging using cryptographic primitives as well as mechanism to verify that logs produced in such a manner have not been tampered with.1
  • Support for encrypting files.
  • Support for format perserving encryption. (See [1] and [2])