J2EE Misconfiguration: Plaintext Password in Configuration File
The J2EE application stores a plaintext password in a configuration file.
Storing a plaintext password in a configuration file allows anyone who can read the file to access the password-protected resource, making it an easy target for attackers.
The following examples help to illustrate the nature of this weakness and describe methods or techniques which can be used to mitigate the risk.
Note that the examples here are by no means exhaustive and any given weakness may have many subtle varieties, each of which may require different detection methods or runtime controls.
Below is a snippet from a Java properties file in which the LDAP server password is stored in plaintext.
Weaknesses in this category are related to access control.
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