Security in the Payara Platform

Security is always a concern when implementing applications that will run in production environments. The Payara Platform Enterprise is a fully-supported open source software for enterprises offering a strong tool set of security features so you won’t have to implement your own security measures from scratch,  enabling reliable and secure deployments of Jakarta EE and MicroProfile applications on premises, in the cloud, or hybrid environments.

Making the platform secure and providing useful built-in security tools for application developers and production administrators is an essential part of the platform development process and is accomplished with monthly releases, security fixes, critical security patches, and a 10-year software lifecycle. The Payara Platform also provides tools to secure and restrict access to a production system, encrypt communication, and audit security events and configuration changes.

Security Guides

Security Auditing in Payara Server

Security Auditing in Payara Server

This guide explains and demonstrates the security auditing best practises and features you can find in Payara Server. Security is always a concern you must have when implementing applications that will run in production environments. Both the JVM and Payara Server have a strong tool set of security implementations for most use cases in the industry.

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Securing Your Applications Running on Payara Platform (JAX-RS Endpoints)

Securing Your Applications Running on Payara Platform (JAX-RS Endpoints)

This User Guide will discuss the different aspects of securing the JAX-RS endpoints of your application using standards and common practices like OAuth2, OpenID Connect, JWT Tokens, and MicroProfile JWT authentication in combination with the Payara Platform.

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Security Tools in Payara Platform

Security Tools in the Payara Platform datasheet

In this datasheet learn about the tools provided by the Payara Platform to secure and restrict access to a production system, encrypt communication, and audit security events and configuration changes.

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How to Develop Applications with Minimal Security Risks

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This user guide written in collaboration with Snyk, takes you through 7 key pointers for developing applications with a minimal security risk. It will help you take responsibility for the security of your software, to best avoid becoming one of the 20,000 websites every day that get hacked on average.

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How to Raise Security Issues

Payara Services Limited is very active at identifying and fixing possible security vulnerabilities included into Payara Server and Payara Micro that are either inherited from GlassFish upstream or introduced by new features developed.

We strongly encourage users to report such problems in the following ways:

  1. If you have a support contract, create a ticket describing the security vulnerabilities detected as you would do for any other bug reports.
  2. If you do not have a support contract, please send an email with the described vulnerabilities detected to security@payara.fishPlease don’t use this address to report bugs or issues unrelated to security vulnerabilities as they will be ignored, instead use the GitHub repository issues page for raising a new issue detailing the problem at hand.

You can also direct inquiries about reported CVE issues detected in similar Java platforms or application servers (like Apache Tomcat, JBoss WildFly, etc.) and let us research whether or not Payara Server is affected by such issues.

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Security Articles

  • Securing Jakarta EE Applications with OIDC and Keycloak 12 Jun 2024

    Introduction Security is a paramount concern for modern web applications. Protecting sensitive data and user access necessitates a standardized approach. The OpenID Connect (OIDC) protocol, in conjunction with Identity Providers (IdPs) like Keycloak, and the Jakarta Security API integrated into Jakarta EE, offer a reliable solution. Together, they help streamline authentication and authorization in your Jakarta EE applications.

  • Secure Your Java Applications with Passay: The Essential Password Utility Library 29 Jan 2024

    In the digital age, where data breaches are common and privacy is paramount, ensuring users use strong passwords is the first step to securing applications from never-ending threats. Passay, a Java password generation and policy management library helps enhance the security layer of any Java application. Let's dive into the core components of Passay in this blog post to see how you can employ it in your own applications. 

  • Securing Jakarta EE Applications with MicroProfile JWT 20 Dec 2023

    Securing applications is a critical aspect of modern software development, ensuring that only authorised users can access sensitive functionalities and data. In the realm of Java enterprise development, one of the robust solutions for securing applications is the use of MicroProfile JWT (JSON Web Tokens). This approach combines the strengths of Jakarta EE, with the agility and portability of MicroProfile standards, particularly for microservices architectures. Download the Guide - Securing Jakarta EE Applications with MicroProfile JWT

  • Payara Boosts Cybersecurity Credentials as CVE Numbering Authority 02 Jun 2023

    Payara, a leading provider of Jakarta EE and MicroProfile runtimes, has been authorized by the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) Program as a CVE Numbering Authority (CNA).

  • Using Jakarta EE Identity Store With Payara 28 Sep 2022

    These days the world-wide open-source community celebrates the advent of Jakarta EE 10. It is then a good time to look at one of its most relevant and, at the same time, unknown parts: security! In this blog, I'll give an introduction to Jakarta EE Security, and then explain how Payara Platform builds on Jakarta EE Security with built-in identity stores for RDBMS (Relational Database Management System) and LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol).

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MicroProfile in Practice – Expose and visualise metrics, Configure your app & Secure REST endpoints.

Java Champion Ondrej Mihalyi demonstrates with a simple game application, some MicroProfile capabilities in the Payara Platform which powers both Payara Server and Payara Micro. Demonstrating how to:

  • Expose operational and business logic metrics and how to visualise them.
  • Configure your applications.
  • Secure REST endpoints in your applications using JSON web token mechanism.

How to Create a Secure JSF JPA Application

How to Create a Secure JSF/JPA Web App on Payara Server 5 – Learn how to create a secure web application using multiple Java EE/Jakarta EE APIs and connect it to a MySQL 8 database in this comprehensive tutorial.

Authentication and Authorization with Payara and MicroProfile JWT

In this video, Java Champion Adam Bien explores Authentication and authorization in JAX-RS with JSON Web Tokens (JWT). Tokens were generated with The service was deployed with to

MicroProfile Metrics with Prometheus and Grafana

The goal of MicroProfile Metrics is to expose monitoring data from the implementation in a unified way. It also defines a Java API so that the developer can define and supply his own values. Prometheus is a popular Open-Source product for gathering metrics. Grafana is a multi-platform open source solution for running data analytics, pulling up metrics, and monitoring apps.

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