XML firewall security guide: Prevent XML vulnerabilities and threats

This section of the XML Web services Tutorial highlights the functions and capabilities of the XML firewall, how the features of an XML firewall compare to other firewalls, and offers advice on how to prevent XML vulnerabilities and stop XML attacks.

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The security features and capabilities of the XML firewall make it a valuable and essential addition to any organization's Web services strategy. Compared to other firewalls, the XML firewall is capable of deep-level inspection as well as a bevy of other features that make it a top contender for the protection of XML data and the prevention of XML vulnerabilities and threats.

In this section of the XML Web services Tutorial, focused on XML firewalls, learn more about the functions and capabilities of the XML firewall, see how the features of an XML firewall compare to other, more traditional firewalls, and read advice on how to prevent XML vulnerabilities and stop XML attacks.

Securing Web services: A job for the XML firewall

From the bare bones stateful packet-inspection engine to sophisticated application-layer proxy firewalls, firewall vendors are constantly adding new features to keep malicious hackers at bay and prevent harmful activity. Unfortunately, several firewalls on the market today are still behind the curve when it comes to securing XML messages and Web services: Enter the XML firewall.

In this tip, learn more about the XML firewall, which specializes in securing XML data and Web service transports to enforce policy across the enterprise. Learn about the security features and capabilities of the XML firewall as well as the primary differences between an XML firewall and a different firewall.

XML firewalls dig deeper than traditional firewalls

Traditional firewalls work well with traditional traffic, but screening streams of data like XML requires a shift in technology in order to ensure the security of XML traffic, making an XML firewall one essential piece of the puzzle for making Web services secure.

This tip will discuss the importance of an XML firewall in relation to Web services security, as well as highlight some of the features and capabilities of an XML firewall, such as deep-level data inspection, compared to the more traditional firewalls.

XML-based attacks and how to guard against them

Enterprises that are building XML-based Web applications and Web services are increasingly turning to the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) to communicate identities and authorization information, making it imperative for organizations to protect themselves from attacks at the XML protocol level, the SAML protocol level and at the level of the application itself. An XML firewall can be an adequate security tool in protecting multi-layered systems.

Here, Richard E. Mackey Jr. discusses the design of the XML firewall, XML and SAML fundamentals, the security risks and threats associated with both SAML and XML, and how an XML firewall will help organizations guard against those risks.

This was first published in February 2011

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