An abreviation for REpresentational State Transfer. A design pattern for stateless client-server systems. Popular in the implementation of web services.

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RESTful web application security and authentication scheme

I am building a web application where the front-end is a single-page-app and the back-end serves it through a RESTful API. I want to make sure I implement user authentication with the best security ...
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REST API security

I'm working on a REST API that will let an Android app communicate with a website. Sadly more than half of the people that are going to use it can't do so over HTTPs, so I will have to maximize ...
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REST API stateless authentication using social login

I am implementing a REST API for our mobile applications in which user will login using the SDKs of various social media. Currently, the login strategy is as follows: The token(s) (access_token in ...
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Securing a multi-tenant, multi-database REST API

I am looking to improve the security of an existing REST API accessed over SSL. The web service is multi-tenant, such that each tenant has an assigned TenantId. The problem I facing can be summarized ...
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What is the best way to track the authenticated user on the server side? [closed]

For a web app, the client side is javascript in the browser. The server side is ASP.NET with a REST API. At present there is a single server but we plan to scale out with a server each in the US, UK, ...
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Authentication and security of a REST API

Scenario: I design a REST API where authenticated users can hit the API over TLS. I have to use TLS as the data transmitted over the wire is sensitive. I don't need authorization right now, but I ...
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Unusual design aspects of AWS HMAC-based authentication, v4

I am designing a RESTful API in python. I want to use HMAC authentication. I could not find any suitable HMAC libraries, so I am rolling my own. However I want to use a well-known standard such as AWS ...
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Is conveying patient MRN in a web service URL a HIPAA PHI violation?

I'm building a web service to access patient data within our EMR and would like to subscribe to RESTful design principles. However, the idea of including the patient MRN in a GET request makes me ...
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How to store passwords to a remote web site?

Say I want to build a public API to access a website that doesn't have one. The website is protected by a standard username/password scheme and the API implementation will use scraping to get the data ...
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How to call webservice securely in Android

Hello I am working on an Android application in which I'm required to execute a few https web service calls. All my web-service URLs and Web API KEYs are in the code plus the IP address of the server. ...
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Is this a good approach to secure my REST API?

My application consists of a nodejs back end API but I am also developing a "reference" implementation of a JavaScript client, which is a backbone SPA. First of all; the API accepts only HTTPS ...
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Security concerns on API

I just encountered API which I find pretty vulnerable. Could you clarify if my concerns are wrong? 1)For retrieving user data, API KEY, which is unique for every user i used. This api key is stored ...
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What technique should I use to prevent unpermitted access to my REST API

I need to build an REST API that can be accessed via HTTPS when given valid credentials. How should I implement those credentials? I am looking for advice whether I should use plain old passwords, ...
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POODLE and REST APIs

Are non-browser applications which do not contain an embedded browser, and merely make REST API calls over HTTPS, vulnerable to POODLE? And if not, is it unnecessary to disable SSL in such ...
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How secure is HMAC

I'm a building a RESTful stateless API and I'm using a token for authentication. The problem I'm having is I'm not sure how secure HMAC is. I'm using a JSON Web Token library that let's me encrypt ...
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What are the risks of protecting an API with one key only (without secret)?

I understand that a lot of APIs are protected using a (possibly public) API Key, to identify who is making the request, and a secret to hmac the parameters and determine if the client is actually who ...
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Improving stateless REST API authentication token - or ditch it for database persistence?

I'm looking to implement stateless REST authentication into an API. I've been reading up on articles here, and have implemented an idea that works, but I was hoping to get some feedback on its ...
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advantages of http basic authentication over token-based (e.g. oauth2)?

I am interested in the question if there are any possible advantages to securing a given REST API for web clients and mobile apps with http basic authentication (over https of course) over a ...
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Secure Single Page Application (SPA) served from a CDN

Is it possible to secure a Single Page Application (SPA) served from a CDN that communicates with a REST API, assuming the following: The front end communicates with a backend REST API using a token ...
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Secure REST API and Single Page App by using external OAuth 2 Authorization Code

I am trying to understand how to implement an OAuth 2 Authorization Code flow when having both a single page JS app and a REST API. The aim is to secure access to the REST API by offloading ...
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How can I secure my api to avoid copying?

Im building an app which should receive data from my server. The Api should be a PHP based script which provides the data as JSON. However I want to keep the data private and it should only be ...
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REST API: does securing the first call with a CAPTCHA make sense?

Let's say I have an iOS/Android app which rely on a custom REST API for things such as account management (register, login, password reset, get/set user-related data). There is no good way to ...
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Can I prevent a replay attack of my signed JWTs?

I have implemented a stateless auth over HTTP in Laravel, using JWTs. I send my username/password from the frontend. Server authenticates user, sends back a signed JWT with an expiry time. I'm ...
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Compromised JSON Web Token (JWT) Bearer Token

We are implementing a REST service that requires authentication and authorization. Because of the stateless nature of REST API's, we want to use JWT to make authenticated calls to the API through a ...
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Security concept for Android app with PHP based REST API

I'm trying to build my own PHP based REST Api for my Android app and I'm a litte bit confused by all the different user authentication stuff one can find on the internet. So I want to present my ...
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Designing and implementing a secure epayments system with RESTful API

I want to design and implement an epayments system (I will not be handling credit card payments). The system will have a RESTful API. I am already familiar with RESTful servies, and have built a few ...
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PUT vs. POST for password update

I am writing a User Management system that has to include a change of password utility. We don't front end hash passwords (hopefully we will soon). As a result passwords are passed over https in the ...
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How to secure my REST API once user authenticates with Google on mobile client?

In my application, I build REST APIs so that user can interact with my application server. Since I do not want to maintain User/Passwords, my iOS app authenticates client using Google. This all ...
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A no-login approach to authenticating a certain device, MAC-Address as password?

I have created a REST api, and now i'm thinking about authentication. I want the mobile application's flow for the user to be very simple: only having to enter a username and then this username ...
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Is letting just anybody see the appearance/html/javascript of your admin pages a security risk?

Ok so consider the scenario in which you have two projects, one is a RESTful API, and the other is a public facing website. The API uses cookie/token based authentication, and contains all of the ...
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OAuth - Facebook custom authorization grant

I've developed my own custom authorization grant. The steps I am undertaking are the following: I get the facebook authorization code from the mobile device (this is an an API for mobile devices) I ...
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How do I secure my REST api that is being accessed by only one application? [duplicate]

Suppose we have 2 webapps, appA and appB. They communicate via REST. Say for example, when appA updates let's say, a file, it should inform appB via REST and so on. I was thinking, how do I make ...
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Is CSRF possible if I don't even use cookies?

I have REST api that is using access token which is sent either in header or as url query. I don't use cookies at all. Am I still vulnerable to CSRF attacks? I know that I would if I would use ...
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Is it safe to skip CSRF checks for non-browsers?

I was in the middle of implementing a CSRF protection mechanism for my server when I realized that this attack only really affects web browsers. It got me wondering: why should I bother ...
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Using hashed password as secret key for hmac to avoid exchange of secret between server and client

I'm currently trying to improve our API to be more restful, therfore avoid any state on the server. I want to accomplish this with a hmac token, appended on every request. The hmac will be made with ...
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Mobile authentication

I'm currently working on an Android app in which I want to authenticate someone against an REST API. I want to do this as secure as is (cost-)effective/possible/userfriendly. I've been looking around ...
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How to protect against login CSRF?

http://seclab.stanford.edu/websec/csrf/csrf.pdf points out that most CSRF protection mechanisms fail to protect login forms. As http://stackoverflow.com/a/15350123/14731 explains: The ...
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Force download files protected with auth headers

By several REST clients the credentials are sent with every request through custom HTTP authorization headers to the REST service. Is there a way to force file download in the browser when accessing ...
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HMAC secret key client storage

I've read numerous articles about using HMAC and the secret key for client authentication in a RESTful client (Javascript) application today. Still, I don't find a single source that is able to ...
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Secure a publicly accessible REST api

We're building a public single page app in JavaScript that talks to a back-end REST service. What we want is for that REST-service to be only accessible from the single page app. Since it's a public ...
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Preventive security action in Android App

Currently, I'm developing a bank related android app. I would share my knowledge and also maybe you guys are more expert than me so you can add your ideas to the list. Bank is a very special client. ...
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Securing RESTFul WebServices

I am planning to secure my REST Web service (REST WS) using API KEY and NONCE VALUE. The REST WS is over SSL. The Userid / Password is encrypted and sent to Web Application hosting the REST WS where ...
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Securing passwords for REST Authentication

first post on sec so go easy. I'm developing a REST application using the Spring Framework, as as part of the requirements, we have to secure the different functions of the system to different user ...
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REST security using only API key and SSL

I am looking to build a number of simple REST web services where: they only need to be called by server-side clients (i.e. no mobile/javascript/desktop) they are only accessible by HTTPS (no ...
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I authenticate my users through Facebook's Oauth client and want to secure my own called APIs

My application is divised into two parts: Javascript application as client Server side API's (RESTFUL through Play!2.2 framework) I expect users to be authenticated through Facebook's Oauth 2.0 ...
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Securing mobile app rest requests

I am using Facebook login in a mobile native app, and I'm trying to figure out if my approach is secure enough. This is the flow (all communication is made over SSL): User logins to Facebook ...
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REST security standards

As far as I know, SOAP services have security standards recognized by OASIS and W3C, such as: XML-Encryption XML-Signature SAML Are there any security standards for RESTful services?
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Securing internal REST service call via JavaScipt

I have a public Single Page Application (SPA) that is calling my backend REST service via JavaScript. How can I secure the REST service so that it will only accept calls from my SPA and no other ...
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Is this API Token scheme secure enough

I am designing a REST Api for a mobile application and have some worries over properly securing access to accounts. I am writing the API server in nodeJS and it will primarily be consumed by a mobile ...
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How to secure my REST implementation for an ember.js app

I've been searching and searching for what seems days and have not come up with any definitive answer on a solution to my problem. To explain without going into terrible detail I am building a store, ...