This site is the archived OWASP Foundation Wiki and is no longer accepting Account Requests.
To view the new OWASP Foundation website, please visit

Difference between revisions of "Project Information:template AppSensor Project"

Jump to: navigation, search
Line 37: Line 37:
  | style="width:42%; background:#cccccc" align="center"|
  | style="width:42%; background:#cccccc" align="center"|
'''AppSensor Beta Release 1.1 - Now Available!'''
'''AppSensor Beta Release 1.1 - Now Available!'''
* [ PDF] & [ Word] files - NEW RELEASE!!!
* [ PDF] & [ Word] files - NEW RELEASE!!!
* [ PowerPoint Presentation]
* [ PowerPoint Presentation]
  | style="width:29%; background:#cccccc" align="center"|
  | style="width:29%; background:#cccccc" align="center"|

Revision as of 14:23, 5 February 2009

Project Name OWASP AppSensor Project - Detect and Respond to Attacks from Within the Application
Short Project Description


The AppSesnsor document is a conceptual framework that offers prescriptive guidance to implement intrusion detection capabilities into existing application utilizing standard security controls and recommendations for automated response policies based upon detected behaviour. When using AppSensor, an application will be able to identify malicious users whithin the application and eliminate the threat by taking response action such as logging out the user, locking the account or notifying an admnistrator.

An attacker often requires numerous probes and attack attempts in order to locate an exploitable vulnerability within the application. By using AppSensor it is possible to identify and eliminate the threat of an attacker before they are able to successfully identify an exploitable flaw.

A bit more detail

The goal of this project is to create the standard and guidance for how an application should detect, log and respond to malicious events. The deliverable for this project will be a framework of information which would be used by an application architect during the design of the system itself. This project would not create a tool or any code. Instead, it will build upon many of the IDS concepts developed in ESAPI and move towards a fully developed Application IDS Framework Standard. For example, when an architect considers the design of their authentication system (or any other critical system) they would reference the AppSensor guidelines on authentication. The AppSensor guidance will indicate what sort of authentication actions need to be logged (failed login attempt, use of multiple user-names from a single IP, high rate of login attempts etc) and

what information must be captured (user-name, ip, timestamp etc). Further, the AppSensor guidance will detail how all the events should be handled. Events will have different severities and will be sent to a centralized logging system within the application. This system collect the security events from throughout the application (authorization attacks, business logic attacks, force browsing attempts etc) and will then be able to take appropriate action against the user. This could include locking out an account, generating alerts to sys-admins, shutting down portions of the application, etc. Essentially, my project is defining how an Intrusion Detection System should be designed, configured and built into the code of any custom application. By building the Application Level IDS within the application itself, we are in the best place to capture and respond to all malicious actions performed against the application.

Project key Information Project Leader
Michael Coates
Project Contributors
(if applicable)
Mailing list
Subscribe here
Use here
Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0
Project Type
Release Status Main Links Related Projects

Beta Quality
Please see here for complete information.

AppSensor Beta Release 1.1 - Now Available!

  • (If appropriate, add links)