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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Safe communication via rest api between two known servers

I'm using Kinvey as backend but because it doesn't provide the ability to run custom code I have set up another server. So basically when x happens on Kinvey server, I send a call to my rest api on ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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CSRF prevention for RESTful services

Am I right If I claim on that there doesn't exist any reliable protection against CSRF for a stateles environment today? I have a RESTful service (build with RESTEasy) that needs to be secured against ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I secure my REST API?

In Detail here's the problem: I'm building an Android app, which consumes my REST API on the back-end. I need to build a Registration and Login API to begin with. After googling for a while, I feel ...
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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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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 ...