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Using Java to access databases

Our Web development team is creating a Java Proxy application utilizing JDBC thin client driver. My question is: How safe is it to set up a proxy server using Java to access internal databases? Is there a better way?

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There's nothing wrong with using Java. In fact, Java is one of the better decisions you can make. On the other hand, you can make an unsafe system with Java just like any other language.

The security threats you have from a database are more likely to be allowing the wrong people to get to the wrong things, rather than anything else. Examine what your proxy does, more than what it's written in.

This was first published in June 2001

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