Authentication for APIs

Authorization you own this product

This project is part of the liveProject series Authentication, Authorization, and Audit Management for APIs
prerequisites
basics of Java, Spring, and debugging
skills learned
understanding an API specified in Open API Specification 3.0 • authorizing requests based on user role • access control testing
Sashank Dara
1 week · 6-8 hours per week · BEGINNER

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In this liveProject, you’ll implement HTTP authentication so that leave requests can be authorized based on user role. You will set up three Role Based Access Control (RBAC) functionalities for the REST API. The first RBAC will allow a reportee user account to access its own leave requests while keeping other data secure. The second RBAC will allow managers to see all the leave requests of employees they are responsible for. Finally, you’ll establish an RBAC for approving leave requests.

This liveProject was implemented by Natan Streppel.
This project is designed for learning purposes and is not a complete, production-ready application or solution.

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Sashank Dara

Sashank Dara received his PhD in cybersecurity from IIIT-Bangalore in the area of applied cryptography and threat intelligence. He’s an expert cybersecurity technologist with more than 17 years of experience in the field, including as a consultant advisor for Manipal Global Education Services’ cybersecurity programs and as a security technology and strategy advisor for security startups including Appknox, Haltdos, and SecurityJourney.com. He remains a trusted information security consultant and advisor for top companies in EdTech, IT/ITes, academia, and real estate. He’s the co-inventor of 5 U.S. patents (and 3 IETF drafts) in the areas of cloud, SDN, and NFV security, and he’s published more than a dozen research papers at IEEE, LNCS conferences in the areas of cloud security, privacy, cryptography, and threat intelligence. A prolific speaker at security conferences and invited talks, Dara is currently the CTO and co-founder of Seconize, an award-winning cybersecurity startup pioneering a cyber risk and compliance management SaaS product suite.

prerequisites

The liveProject is for Java programmers familiar with the basics of REST APIs. To begin this project you will need to be familiar with:

TOOLS
  • Basics of Java, min. version 11 (classes, interfaces)
  • Basics of Spring MVC (POST of GET requests)
  • Basics of JDBC or Spring Data (insert or retrieve data from a database)
  • Java IDEs such as Eclipse or IntelliJ IDEA
  • Testing APIs via Postman
  • Gradle, min. version 6.4.1
  • Docker, min. version 17.03, and Docker Compose, min. version 1.22.0
  • Git
TECHNIQUES
  • Basic debugging
  • Code reviews
  • Code refactoring
  • Unit testing
  • Security testing

you will learn

In this series of liveProjects, you’ll learn how to add essential security features to a REST API.

  • Understanding an API specified in Open API Specification 3.0 using Swagger
  • Setting up an environment to implement the API specification provided using Java Spring
  • Authorizing requests based on user role
  • Testing the functionality of the reference API implementation using Postman
  • Access control testing

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