[Owasp-topten] OWASP Top 1- 2017 RC1

dex black dexblack254 at gmail.com
Sun Apr 16 11:51:13 UTC 2017

Greetings All.

I read this update with some dismay; specifically in regards to the two new

A7 Insufficient Attack Protection
It seems a little odd to call a lack of attack detection code a
The demonstrable need for such code varies wildly with the type of web site
and therefore doesn't pass the test of general applicability.
Perhaps when/if such code becomes more common place and turns out to have
security flaws of its own we might return to this category of
vulnerability. In all likelihood site administrators may become vulnerable
to hubris around the efficacy of their COTS/homegrown attack detection
solution(s); or worse yet some attack detection solution itself becomes an
attack vector.

A10 Underprotected APIs
Cognisant of the fact that web APIs are a burgeoning area of development
does not mean that the API itself, as a whole, is a vulnerability.
When looking closely at the details of this item we see the same issues as

1. Ensure that you have secured communications between the client and your
== A5 – Security Misconfiguration

2. Ensure that you have a strong authentication scheme for your APIs, and
that all credentials, keys, and tokens have been secured.
== A2 – Broken Authentication and Session Management

3. Ensure that whatever data format your requests use, that the parser
configuration is hardened against attack.
== A9 – Using Components with Known Vulnerabilities

4. Implement an access control scheme that protects APIs from being
improperly invoked, including unauthorized function and data references.
== A4 – Broken Access Control

5. Protect against injection of all forms, as these attacks are just as
viable through APIs as they are for normal apps
== A1 Injection

What is the justification for repackaging or reclassifying these as a
single unit?
It seems to obfuscate the clarity of the existing list more than anything

Bundling A4 and A7 together to make room for A10 probably isn't worth the
cost in terms of altering training materials, certification assessment
criteria, tooling and reporting.
It might make a little sense due to ongoing confusion about the specific
IMHO that still doesn't justify the proposed A10 Underprotected APIs.

I also second a previous posting regarding transparency around the decision
May we see the data?
Has the threat and vulnerability landscape really changed much within the
scope of web based technologies?

David 'dex' Schwartz
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