Java Snippet #04

This challenge covers the review of a snippet of code written in Java

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In this challenge, you are presented with a Java method named `userFromString` within a class `Secure`. The method takes a Base64 encoded string, decodes it, and deserializes it into a `User` object. The code catches exceptions and prints stack traces, which can potentially leak sensitive information. The primary issue in this snippet is the deserialization of an object from a potentially untrusted source, leading to a deserialization vulnerability.

The code uses `ObjectInputStream` to read the object, which can be exploited if the input data is manipulated by a malicious actor. This kind of vulnerability can lead to severe security risks, including remote code execution. It is crucial to avoid deserializing objects from untrusted sources and to implement proper validation and security checks if deserialization is necessary.

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