Web Services Security Assessment

web-securityBecause there are so many ways a cybercriminal can circumvent access through open web services, extra care must be taken when implementing a web services security assessment exercise.

This layer serves as the main portal for internet or intranet users. The need forweb services security testing is of paramount importance to help security presentation technology that arrives at your browser or web applications.

Security Areas of Focus include:
  • Transport reliability
  • Virus Protection
  • WSDL Scanning
  • Identity Access AAA – Client / Server
  • Encoding Data Integrity
  • Error Handling
  • Content Integrity
  • XML Fortification
Transport reliability

When private information is sent through a web services channel to your browser or application, security in web services must be encapsulated with encryption. Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS), must be fully configured and periodically assessed for vulnerability weakness.

Identity Access AAA – Client / Server

Both client (user) and server (host) authentication must be validated by an identity management (IDM) authentication procedure.

Authentication, Authorization, and Account (AAA) provisioning mapping for SSL/TLS or Certificate of Authority integrations requires verifying those settings are current and reliable. This is essential to confirm that your IDM end-to-end processing is fully secure.

Content Integrity

Validating cipher encryption and original-source transmission are part of the web security servicesexamination process review.This includes vulnerability testing related to forgery or corruption.   Cybercriminals can flood web servers with multiple brute force attacks, overwhelming the web services presentation protocol transport and potentially hook a user into false content from the hacker. Encryption, content receipt delivery, and digital certificate key assessments are required to mitigate this threat.

Virus Protection

Web services security best practices may not be enough to shield virus delivery that could sneak in through a browser or application security hole. Our inspection and permutation scenario testing helps identify these risks and reports back what’s needed to remediate this risk.

Encoding Data Integrity

Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) used for establishing web communication utilizes XML for standard message data encoding required in the presentation delivery process. Validating the structure from origin to destinationchecks to see if the datastays intact. This requires periodic risk reviews to ensure the existing procedure has not been compromised.

XML DoS Fortification

Denial-of-Service attacks using XML to generate TCP SYN requests can disable web service availability. One of the oldest and most used hacker attacks, our review helps identify where to strengthen your web service infrastructure that helps fortify web services security issues related to this type of threat.

WSDL Scanning

Web Services Description Language (WSDL) scanning, also referred to as WSDL enumeration, attacks are a common cybercriminal’s discovery process for identifying internal web service weaknesses in the topology of the organization.

This requires scoping all error-type “method name” responses from the system. If any are found, it could give a hacker the parameters necessary to circumvent your web security services.

Error Handling

A cybercriminal can learn a lot from how the web page or application’s coding responds to an active web service channel by watching correction-handling techniques in the code.   Coders have to create branch logic in their coding to anticipate for channel failure.

When disconnects or timeouts occur, an error level response is communicated through the web service that a hacker can use to see web service-reply behavior. Our evaluations through permutation attemptshelp identify early risks of poor coding and reports these weaknesses in the final report for your organization to mitigate and correct with your development team.

Why hire Security Web Services Specialists?

Security testing web services requires years of unique and specialized skillsets that CyberSecbrings to your organization and your risk assessment needs.

We provide the latest web-layered scanning, utilization evaluations, threat modeling, and perimeter architecture reviews that benefit immediate and long term needs for your security infrastructure topology.