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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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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Ouath2 how does it work (Android client)

I have read a lot about Oauth2 but still cannot understand, how does it work. I will explain how do I understand this protocol. There are some main characters in Oauth protocol interaction. User, ...
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Is sharing a CSRF token between Rails apps secure?

We use an nginx reverse proxy to host two Rails apps under the same domain (one /path leads to another 'secondary' app). The 'secondary' app that lives under a path consumes REST APIs from the 'main' ...
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cURL and custom Rest API authentication exposure

I'm developing an API which is planned to use simple user and password authentication mode. I have experience with HTTP requests and tended to think everything as HTTP request. As user name and ...
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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, ...
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CORS & CSRF Prevention for an REST based API

I'm currently trying to wrap my head around how to prevent CSRF. My first solution was to use a token which is suggested everywhere. That would of course fix this problem: <img ...
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Security RESTful web application in Java

We are developing two web applications: Application A : Restful web-services running on a GlassFish Server . Application B : Dynamic web application running on a Tomcat Server . I am accessing ...
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API which does not allow to invalidate session on server side - how to make it more secure?

I'm writing an app around a REST API which does not allow the server to invalidate a session - i.e. there's no endpoint like logout which will make the cookie my app is using be invalid from now on. ...
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Securing REST API without sending or storing clear credentials

We are currently designing a REST API, and thinking about securing it. Going through a lot of documentation, it has become clear that 2 options are available. HMAC Authentication By hashing with ...
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Securing REST API without HTTPS

I'm developing a REST API but I am unable to use HTTPS without using self-signed certificates. I understand that that might be acceptable for some, but I don't want security messages popping up on ...
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Comparing Oauth and JWT auth in my web application

I have created an e-commerce website which has a REST API on the server side and Angular on the client side. I am considering to use OAuth to secure my API, but it seems to overkill because I have no ...
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Is it necessary to add CSRF tokens for REST API? [duplicate]

I have a few REST APIs for an iPhone app. It has a login and session management functionality. Currently the session has been tracked by a token set during login. Are REST services affected by CSRF ...
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How to check randomness of a hash?

I have a REST api in which the server allots a unique token each time a user is logged in. Its a hash containing numbers,letters and a one or two special chars. I want to check the entropy of these ...
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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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JSON Web Tokens (JWT) as user identification and authentication tokens

I'm implementing a REST service that requires authentication. I cannot store any per-user state (such as a randomly-generated token) because my service does not have direct access to a database, only ...
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Issuing secure tokens that doesn't require any server side state

The issue I am currently designing the backend for a SPA (Single Page Application), which I'm planning to construct in a fairly RESTful manner. The backend will ideally be just a thin layer between ...
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Authentication, authorization in native mobile clients (Android)

I am developing native mobile client for store that requires user authentication in order to make purchases available. I have my web store page, authentication is provided by CMS (OpenCart). Now I ...
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creating a TLS encrypted API

I have an HTTP API endpoint on my server that is encrypted (TLS). It is not a public API; users must sign-in and validate their account/identity to access the API. When I connect with my test client ...
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REST API - XSS prevention - When and how?

I am currently developing a REST API with Java EE and MySQL, it will feed Data to a Android App. The Data comes from an AngularJS Frontend. So my questions are, when: When do I escape the data? Before ...
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Request signing for REST API

I am building a REST API that will receive requests like: GET /api/entities GET /api/entities?filter=X&sort=Y This seems straight forward: have the client HMAC(path + query, key), send me a key ...
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Where to start with api security testing? [closed]

I have the backend api of an iOS application. I would like learn api testing on this. How to begin with api security testing?Please suggest some tutorials and tools available online.
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Securing REST API with HMAC and SPA

I'm developing a JS based SPA and the backend is a rest api which uses HMAC. The site/app doesn't have the concept of registered users but it has the concept of session. How do i make sure that the ...
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JSON Web Tokens - How to securely store the key?

I was building a RESTful Web Service when I came across JSON Web Tokens as an alternative to traditional cookies for authentication. The concept core of this method is that the server is the only ...
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Sending database name in request headers

I am doing a project with an architecture of single server and multiple database. Every client request will contain a header containing database name that this request should connect. Is this a good ...
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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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REST API communication between two Web Servers - VPN or https?

We have two servers that will be sharing data and communicate over a REST API: our main application server will communicate with the server of our client that is managing some assets. In short: Given ...
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Is this system of authentication secure for a mobile app? What can I do to improve it?

Users authenticate with their phone number, get a pin text, and if it is correct, they get an access token. Store the access token in a DB in a Token model. The client always sends the access token in ...
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Securing a JavaScript app with RESTful backend

I went through the question Securing a JavaScript Single Page App with RESTful backend that has discussions / options around securing a Javascript client side app that invokes RESTful APIs. However, ...
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Decide to REST API Security

I've developed an API. I got confused and I've been reading articles for days. Actually my question is close to these but not exact (maybe a combination of them); Securing REST API that will ...
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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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Social Login + OAuth2-secured REST API

I'm implementing social login with Facebook, Twitter and Google+ on our OAuth2-secured REST API (secured using spring-security-oauth). I'd like to make sure that the following flow is secure and that ...
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SSL with GET and POST

I'm pretty new to security, so forgive my basic question, but does SSL encrypt POST requests but not GET requests? For instance, if I have two requests GET: ...
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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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SQL Injection in a Web Service URL as a Parameter Value [closed]

Obviously SQL Injection via the payload of a message is a very common practice and therefore it is always key to cover this (I already have in my code). However I'm just wondering about how possible ...
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Cross Origin Resource Sharing question

I have some mockup html/javascript on my desktop, I made an ajax GET call to: http://www.bungie.net/platform/Destiny/TigerPSN/Account/4611686018429149347/Character/2305843009215132906/Activities/ ...
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Secure no-login REST API for very few clients

I'm designing a very simple data collection device for a research project. Because we are logging, among other stuff, the GPS position of actual vehicles, we need to protect the data. Since we ...
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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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OAuth2 with client credentials v/s other auth mechanisms

For a REST API against which clients would be writing non-browser based, non-interactive applications, if OAuth2 is the authentication mechanism to be followed, then we would use the client ...
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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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add another layer of protection on top of oauth 2

My Rest API is protected using Oauth2. My main client is a native app. it's working great but there are certain calls to the API that i want to make sure that are performed from my client - meaning ...
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Additional security for services hosted on a 2FA or Multi-Factor Authenticated Network

I am aiming to lock down a web service that accesses other services and has a publicly facing UI. I have a hosted service on a network that requires 2-factor authentication to access. This service's ...
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Codeigniter RESTful web api creation for mobile and web applications general guidelines

I'm having application with running good in codeigniter, mysql and jquery. Currently we are planning to evaluate our web application with mobile application. So we planned to develop web application, ...
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Simple way to secure a webservice used by mobile clients

I am currently working on a RESTful webservice with Java that is used by mobile devices, namely Android and iOS, using a framework that allows me to abstract from both. I'm adding this information ...
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What to use to encode JSON Web Token?

I'm using JWT to create access tokens for a Sinatra API. My question is, what should I use to sign the token? Right now I'm trying to use the user's password hash, but bcrypt-ruby changes the ...
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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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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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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 ...