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CWE - 382 : J2EE Bad Practices: Use of System.exit()

CWE Definition
Number of vulnerabilities: 0
Description A J2EE application uses System.exit(), which also shuts down its container.
Background Details
Other Notes Access to a function that can shut down the application is an avenue for Denial of Service (DoS) attacks. The shutdown function should be a privileged function available only to a properly authorized administrative user. Any other possible cause of a shutdown is generally a security vulnerability. (In rare cases, the intended security policy calls for the application to halt as a damage control measure when it determines that an attack is in progress.) Web applications should not call methods that cause the virtual machine to exit, such as System.exit(). Web applications should also not throw any Throwables to the application server as this may adversely affect the container. Non-web applications may have a main() method that contains a System.exit(), but generally should not call System.exit() from other locations in the code. It is never a good idea for a web application to attempt to shut down the application container. A call to System.exit() is probably part of leftover debug code or code imported from a non-J2EE application.

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