Expert Web Services Security in the .NET Platform / Edition 1

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Any company using .NET will eventually (if it hasn't already) expose part of its functionality as a .NET Web service, and securing these features will become job number one.Expert Web Services Security in the .NET Platform is a comprehensive treatment on how to secure Web services on the .NET platform. This book specifically focuses on Web services security, not general .NET security.

Authors Brian Nantz and Laurence Moroney lay the foundation for a complete discussion of Web services security in the .NET platform by first describing the key aspects of security for the Windows operating system, Internet Information Services, and ASP.NET. They show developers how to use the WS-Security W3C specifications for industry-standard authentication, encryption, authorization, XML signature, attachments, and routing with Web services. The specific working code examples and clear-cut explanations will assist developers in readily integrating Web services security into their applications.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590591154
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 11/5/2004
  • Edition description: 2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 0.59 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 7.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurence Moroney is the director of technology evangelism at Mainsoft, the cross-platform development company. He has over 10 years in software development and architecture, specializing in interoperability, security and performance in such diverse industries as casinos, jails, the U.S. Border Patrol, airports, professional soccer teams and financial services. He has written several books on computing, including some on Web Services Security, ASP.NET and Java/.NET interoperability, as well as dozens of articles on various technology issues. He lives in Sammamish, Washington with his wife, Rebecca, and children, Claudia and Christopher. His blog is at, where you can find lots of Atlas and other development resources.

Brian Nantz is employed with Security International, designing software for security equipment worldwide. He has developed Microsoft solutions for companies in both the medical and security industries. Brian lives with his wife and three children in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Web services and XML standards 1
Ch. 2 Windows security 27
Ch. 3 ASP.NET architectural overview 57
Ch. 4 Security tools and tips 77
Ch. 5 .NET cryptography 107
Ch. 6 Web services and integrated Windows security 129
Ch. 7 Web services over SSL 151
Ch. 8 WS-security with the WSE 171
Ch. 9 Using SQL Server with ASP.NET 191
Ch. 10 .NET IL obfuscation and intellectual property 219
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2004

    good discussion of crypto

    The book offers a good general description of Web Services. And specifically on how to make a simple Web Service using the .NET platform. But the thrust of the book is in showing how to incorporate cryptographic methods into the WS communications. The authors claim that perhaps the most important reason that WS have not taken off is security. Without a secure authentication and authorisation of messages, companies are leery about exposing their data via WS. So the book devotes most of its space to the various cryptographic issues involved in .NET and WS. Some of this is not restricted to WS. For example, you may want to encrypt a channel, over which you will send sensitive data. That data might be a WS message, or something else. Hence, we get explanations of Active Directory, which handles a lot of these grubby details. Later, they discuss public key cryptography. Which they term asynchronous encryption; not a widely used term. They contrast this to synchronous encryption, which most others call symmetric encryption. But having said this, the book does offer a reasonable guide to using C# and .NET for WS. What is left for the reader is the much harder problem. That of designing a useful.

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