Secure File-Sharing APIs

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This project is part of the liveProject series Secure File-Sharing APIs with AWS S3
basics of AWS Service configurations • basic Ubuntu • basic Java
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set up robust malware analysis infrastructure • integrate with third-party services
Sashank Dara
1 week · 6-8 hours per week · BEGINNER

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Build a better defense! As a developer at ShareSafe, a company that provides online file-sharing-as-a-service, your task is to uplevel the security of its REST API file-transfer service by adding functionality for checking uploaded files for malware. You’ll set up a robust infrastructure for malware analysis of files stored in AWS S3 buckets, integrate the infrastructure with the REST API service, and implement VirusTotal, a threat intelligence service that provides dynamic and behavioral analysis to shared files. When you’re finished, you’ll have built a solid line of defense against known malware and provided users with a secure file-sharing experience.

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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 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.


This liveProject is for programmers who are familiar with basic REST APIs and Java and would like to learn to boost security of a REST API service by adding malware analysis. To begin this liveProject you’ll need to be familiar with the following:

  • Basics of Java
  • Basics of Spring
  • Basics of JDBC
  • Basics of AWS
  • Testing APIs via Postman
  • Basics of the command line for any Linux-hosted system
  • Basics of using and installing Python packages using `pip`
  • Basic debugging
  • Code reviews
  • Code refactoring
  • Unit testing
  • Security testing

you will learn

In this liveProject, you’ll learn to configure AWS S3 to enable malware analysis, using secure coding practices, and testing them for functionality and security.

  • Understand the shared responsibility model of cloud security
  • Understand the ShareSafe API specified in Open API Specification 3.0 using Swagger
  • Set up the environment to implement the API specification provided using Java Spring
  • Use AWS Java SDK and APIs for cloud-based services
  • Implement static analysis to identify malware using freely available YARA rules
  • Integrate threat intelligence tools like VirusTotal for additional analysis
  • Test the functionality of the reference API implementation using Postman


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