Leakage of sensitive data in exception message

  • Rule ID: java_lang_exception
  • Languages: java
  • Source: exception.yml

Description

Leaking sensitive data to an exception is a common cause of data leaks and can lead to data breaches. This rule looks for instances of sensitive data sent to exceptions.

Remediations

❌ Avoid using sensitive data in logger messages:

throw new Exception("error for " + user.email);

✅ If you need to identify a user, ensure to use their unique identifier instead of their personal identifiable information:

throw new Exception("error for " +  + user.id);

Associated CWE

Configuration

To skip this rule during a scan, use the following flag

bearer scan /path/to/your-project/ --skip-rule=java_lang_exception

To run only this rule during a scan, use the following flag

bearer scan /path/to/your-project/ --only-rule=java_lang_exception

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