Pro ASP.NET Web API Security: Securing ASP.NET Web API

  • 7h 40m
  • Badrinarayanan Lakshmiraghavan
  • Apress
  • 2013

ASP.NET Web API is a key part of ASP.NET MVC 4 and the platform of choice for building RESTful services that can be accessed by a wide range of devices. Everything from JavaScript libraries to RIA plugins, RFID readers to smart phones can consume your services using platform-agnostic HTTP.

With such wide accessibility, securing your code effectively needs to be a top priority. You will quickly find that the WCF security protocols you’re familiar with from .NET are less suitable than they once were in this new environment, proving themselves cumbersome and limited in terms of the standards they can work with.

Fortunately, ASP.NET Web API provides a simple, robust security solution of its own that fits neatly within the ASP.NET MVC programming model and secures your code without the need for SOAP, meaning that there is no limit to the range of devices that it can work with – if it can understand HTTP, then it can be secured by Web API. These SOAP-less security techniques are the focus of this book.

What you’ll learn

  • Identity management and cryptography
  • HTTP basic and digest authentication and Windows authentication
  • HTTP advanced concepts such as web caching, ETag, and CORS
  • Ownership factors of API keys, client X.509 certificates, and SAML tokens
  • Simple Web Token (SWT) and signed and encrypted JSON Web Token (JWT)
  • OAuth 2.0 from the ground up using JWT as the bearer token
  • OAuth 2.0 authorization codes and implicit grants using DotNetOpenAuth
  • Two-factor authentication using Google Authenticator
  • OWASP Top Ten risks for 2013

About the Author

Badrinarayanan Lakshmiraghavan has more than fourteen years of information technology experience in all phases of the software development life cycle, including technology consulting and advisory roles in multiple technologies. He has been programming on the Microsoft technology stack from the days of Visual Basic 3.0.

Badri currently is a senior technology architect with Global Technology Consulting - Microsoft Center of Excellence of Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH), a Fortune 500 company. He speaks three languages: Tamil, English, and C#.

In this Book

  • Welcome to ASP.NET Web API
  • Building RESTful Services
  • Extensibility Points
  • HTTP Anatomy and Security
  • Identity Management
  • Encryption and Signing
  • Custom STS through WIF
  • Knowledge Factors
  • Ownership Factors
  • Web Tokens
  • OAuth 2.0 Using Live Connect API
  • OAuth 2.0 from the Ground Up
  • OAuth 2.0 Using DotNetOpenAuth
  • Two-Factor Authentication
  • Security Vulnerabilities


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