Relying on package-level scope

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Last revision (mm/dd/yy): 02/28/2009

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Description

Java packages are not inherently closed; therefore, relying on them for code security is not a good practice.

Consequences

  • Confidentiality: Any data in a Java package can be accessed outside of the Java framework if the package is distributed.
  • Integrity: The data in a Java class can be modified by anyone outside of the Java framework if the packages is distributed.

Exposure period

Design through Implementation: This flaw is a style issue, so it is important to not allow direct access to variables and to protect objects.

Platform

  • Languages: Java
  • Operating platforms: Any

Required resources

Any

Severity

Medium

Likelihood of exploit

Medium

The purpose of package scope is to prevent accidental access. However, this protection provides an ease-of-software-development feature but not a security feature, unless it is sealed.

Risk Factors

TBD


Examples

In Java:

package math;

public class Lebesgue implements Integration{

public final Static String youAreHidingThisFunction(functionToIntegrate){
    return ...;

}

Related Attacks


Related Vulnerabilities

Related Controls

  • Design through Implementation: Data should be private static and final whenever possible. This will assure that your code is protected by instantiating early, preventing access and tampering.


Related Technical Impacts


References

TBD