Best Practices in Building an API Security Ecosystem


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Focusing on API Security this presentation covers best practices in building an API Security Ecosystem with OAuth 2.0, UMA, SCIM, XACML and LDAP."

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Best Practices in Building an API Security Ecosystem

  1. 1. Best  Prac*ces  in  Building  an  API   Security  Ecosystem   Prabath Siriwardena, Director of Security, WSO2 Twitter : @prabath
  2. 2. Gateway Pattern
  3. 3. Gateway Pattern - Benefits •  Decouple  clients  from  the  actual  API  implementation   •  No  point-­‐to-­‐point  to  connection   •  Centralized  security  enforcing   •  Centralized  auditing  &  monitoring   •  Version  controlling  
  4. 4. Direct Authentication – Internal Users •  HTTP  Basic  Authentication   •  HTTP  Digest  Authentication   •  TLS  Mutual  Authentication   •  OAuth  1.o  :  Two  Legged  OAuth   •  OAuth  2.o  :  Client  Credentials   •  NTLM  /  Kerberos  
  5. 5. HTTP Basic Authentication curl -I -u $GitHubUserName:GitHubPassword -X POST -H 'Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded’ -d '{"name": "my_github_repo"}' §  Creating  a  GitHub  repository  
  6. 6. HTTP Digest Authentication curl -k –-digest –u userName:password -v https://localhost:8443/recipe HTTP/1.1 401 Unauthorized WWW-Authenticate: Digest realm="cute-", qop="auth”, nonce="1390781967182:c2db4ebb26207f6ed38bb08e effc7422", opaque="F5288F4526B8EAFFC4AC79F04CA8A6ED" Authorization: Digest username="prabath", realm="cute-", nonce="1390781967182:c2db4ebb26207f6ed38bb08eeffc7422 ", uri="/recipe", cnonce="MTM5MDc4", nc=00000001, qop="auth", response="f5bfb64ba8596d1b9ad1514702f5a062", opaque="F5288F4526B8EAFFC4AC79F04CA8A6ED"
  7. 7. HTTP Basic vs. Digest Authentication
  8. 8. TLS Mutual Authentication §  Gateway  itself  does  the  certificate  validation   §  Fine-­‐grained  access  validations  can  be  done  by  the  authorization  server.   curl -k --cert client.pem https://localhost:8443/recipe
  9. 9. OAuth 1.0 : Two Legged OAuth POST /student?name=pavithra HTTP/1.1 Host: Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded Authorization: OAuth realm="simple", oauth_consumer_key="dsdsddDdsdsds ", oauth_token=" ", oauth_signature_method="HMAC-SHA1", oauth_timestamp="1474343201", oauth_nonce="rerwerweJHKjhkdsjhkhj", oauth_signature="bYT5CMsGcbgUdFHObYMEfcx6bsw%3D"
  10. 10. OAuth 2.0 : Client Credentials curl -v -X POST --basic -u 588997174524690:d5cc4d8e01c9bd7ac14b4d5e91006b5b ] -H "Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded;charset=UTF-8” -d "client_id=588997174524690&grant_type=client_credentials"
  11. 11. Kerberos / NTLM §  Can  be  implemented  as  OAuth  2.0  grant  types  
  12. 12. Auditing / Monitoring
  13. 13. Chained APIs
  14. 14. Decoupling Authorization Server from Resource Server
  15. 15. Decoupling Authorization Server from Resource Server POST /introspection HTTP/1.1 Accept: application/x-www-form-urlencoded Host: Authorization: Basic czZCaGRSa3F0Mzo3RmpmcDBaQnIxS3REUmJuZlZkbUl3 token=X3241Affw.4233-99JXJ&resource_id=… { "active": true, "client_id":"s6BhdRkqt3", "scope": "read write dolphin", "sub": "2309fj32kl", "aud":* }
  16. 16. Externalizing Authorization
  17. 17. XACML
  18. 18. OAuth & XACML §  A given access token has a scope associated with it and it governs the access token’s capabilities §  A user delegates access to his Facebook profile to a third party, under the scope “user_activities”. This provides access to the user's list of activities as the activities’ connection. To achieve fine-grained access control, this can be represented in an XACML policy. §  token=gfgew789hkhjkew87 resource_id=GET
  19. 19. XACML Request <Request> <Attributes Category="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:3.0:attribute-category:oauth-client"> <Attribute AttributeId="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:1.0:client:client-id"> <AttributeValue DataType="">32324343434</AttributeValue> </Attribute> <Attributes> <Attributes Category="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:3.0:attribute-category:action"> <Attribute AttributeId="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:1.0:action:action-id"> <AttributeValue DataType="">GET</AttributeValue> </Attribute> </Attributes> <Attributes Category="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:3.0:attribute-category:scope"> <Attribute AttributeId="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:1.0:scope:scope-id"> <AttributeValue DataType="">user_activities</AttributeValue> </Attribute> </Attributes> <Attributes Category="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:3.0:attribute-category:resource"> <Attribute AttributeId="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:1.0:resource:resource-id"> <AttributeValue DataType=""></AttributeValue> </Attribute> </Attributes> </Request>
  20. 20. XACML Policy <Policy> <Target> <AnyOf> <AllOf> <Match MatchId="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:1.0:function:string-equal"> <AttributeValue DataType=""> user_activities</AttributeValue> <AttributeDesignator MustBePresent="false" Category="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:3.0:attribute-category:scope" AttributeId="urn:oasis:names:tc:xacml:1.0:scope:scope-id" DataType=""></AttributeDesignator> </Match> </AllOf> </AnyOf> </Target> <Rule RuleId="permit_rule" Effect="Permit"> </Rule> <Rule RuleId="deny_rule" Effect="Deny"> </Rule> </Policy>
  21. 21. Cross-Domain API Access
  22. 22. Cross-Domain API Access curl -X POST -u "QlthIzYUOK5DS0BXW8Cy8uFJjKAa:XFfgPmTbMaQ5eScc0rSnAW9ZIgwa” -H "Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded;charset=UTF-8" -d "grant_type=urn:ietf:params:oauth:grant-type:saml2 bearer&assertion=PHNhbWxwOl...[omitted for brevity]...ZT4" https://localhost:9443/oauth2/token
  23. 23. Centralized Authorization with Distributed Resource Servers
  24. 24. User Managed Access •  PAT  (Protection  API  Token)  :  Token  issued  to  the   Resource  Server  to    access  the  Protection  API   (Authorization  Server)  with  the  approval  of  the  Resource   Owner.   •  AAT  (Authorization  API  Token)  :  Token  issued  to  the   Client  to  access  the  Authorization  API  (Authorization   Server)..   •  RPT  (Requesting  Party  Token)  :  Token  issued  to  the   Client  to  access  the  Protected  Resource  on  behalf  of  the   Requesting  Party  by  the  Authorization  Server.  
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