[WEB SECURITY] Web Service Security

Brett Knuth brett.knuth at healthdirect.org.au
Wed Nov 20 16:56:52 EST 2013

For what it's worth ......

We always take a risk based approach and map the possible threats to the web app depending on its specific components
Build an attack tree or a threat table XLS, an example below

SQL Injection

Web logs/application logs

HTTP request (GET/POST request, source IP, UserAgent, referrer, date/time)

Once documented and risk assessed we then vulnerability and pen test, remediating the most critical risk assessed

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From: websecurity [mailto:websecurity-bounces at lists.webappsec.org] On Behalf Of Seth Art
Sent: Thursday, 21 November 2013 6:44 AM
To: Info Sec
Cc: websecurity at lists.webappsec.org
Subject: Re: [WEB SECURITY] Web Service Security

Info Sec,

That is a hard question to answer.  There are different types of Web Services, each type has multiple implimenations, and each implimetnation allows for different configuration options.

The security testing is different depending on type, the implimentation, and the configuration of each web service.

For a high level overview of Web Service Security, I have found the following document helpful:  http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/nistpubs/800-95/SP800-95.pdf

Some tools that you can use to test web services are:

Any web proxy (Burp Suite, Fiddler, ZAP, etc) - For all web services
SoapUI - for SOAP based web services where you have access to the WSDL
Oyedata - For RESTful web services that use OData

Good luck.  Hopefully someone else on the list can provide more information.


On Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 6:51 AM, Info Sec <infosecm at gmail.com<mailto:infosecm at gmail.com>> wrote:
Hi !,

I'm looking for resources help me to identify web service security issues, and how to fix them.

I just found OWASP Web Service Security Cheat Sheet talking about this matter.
I know that web service security issues is very similar to web applications, but there is always something you unaware of.

OWASP Web Service Security Cheat Sheet:


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