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Wednesday, October 15th, 2008 at at Raytheon Polar Services
Centralized Security Functionality In a .NET World – The OWASP .NET ESAPI Project
The Enterprise Security Application Programming Interface, or ESAPI, is a one-stop security shop for developers looking to implement security mechanisms in their code. The brainchild of Jeff Williams, one of the founders of OWASP, the ESAPI is an open source project that has gained traction with organizations looking to implement secure applications using tried and tested code that is also well organized and consistent. It includes functionality for validating and encoding data, authenticating and authorizing users, logging, error handling, and more. The API includes a Java reference implementation that can be extended to allow any organization to integrate security functionality into their Java/JEE applications.
But what about .NET? Many organizations are banking on the powerful Microsoft programming framework to help them deliver robust and secure software. However, like Java, .NET tends to leave it up to the end-user programmers to get security code right. The OWASP .NET ESAPI project intends to help .NET developers avoid introducing security vulnerabilities into their code by providing a full port of the original ESAPI project from Java to C#.
This talk will explore the gains, gripes, and gotchas of converting the ESAPI to .NET from the .NET ESAPI project lead himself. It will discuss features of the .NET frameworks security model, key differences between the Java and .NET platforms, and ASP.NET web security issues. Additionally, future ideas for .NET specific functionality will be proposed and discussed. Participation and feedback from the attendees is expected and encouraged.
Alex Smolen of Foundstone
Updates will be spammed to the Chapter Mailing List.
6-6:30 Dinner (at Raytheon Polar Services; pizza provided by Denim Group)
6:30 - 6:40 Chapter business
6:40 - 8:00 Presentation and Q&A
Following the meeting we will have informal discussions over beverages at JD's Bait Shop
Questions can be directed to
October 2008: ASP .NET ESAPI: Alex Smolen
November & December 2008: probably cancelled due to holiday season
January 2009: Available -- drop us an email if you're interested in presenting and/or sponsoring