Public Data Assigned to Private Array-Typed Field

Assigning public data to a private array is equivalent to giving public access to the array.


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.

Example One

In the example below, the setRoles() method assigns a publically-controllable array to a private field, thus allowing the caller to modify the private array directly by virtue of the fact that arrays in Java are mutable.

private String[] userRoles;
public void setUserRoles(String[] userRoles) {
  this.userRoles = userRoles;

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