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Server-Side Streaming Processing of WS-Security
October-December 2011 (vol. 4 no. 4)
pp. 272-285
Nils Gruschka, NEC Europe Ltd., Heidelberg
Meiko Jensen, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
Luigi Lo Iacono, European University of Applied Sciences, Brühl,
Norbert Luttenberger, University of Kiel, Kiel
With SOAP-based web services leaving the stadium of being an explorative set of new technologies and entering the stage of mature and fundamental building blocks for service-driven business processes—and in some cases even for mission-critical systems—the demand for nonfunctional requirements including efficiency as well as security and dependability commonly increases rapidly. Although web services are capable of coupling heterogeneous information systems in a flexible and cost-efficient way, the processing efficiency and robustness against certain attacks do not fulfill industry-strength requirements. In this paper, a comprehensive stream-based WS-Security processing system is introduced, which enables a more efficient processing in service computing and increases the robustness against different types of Denial-of-Service (DoS) attacks. The introduced engine is capable of processing all standard-conforming applications of WS-Security in a streaming manner. It can handle, e.g., any order, number, and nesting degree of signature and encryption operations, closing the gap toward more efficient and dependable web services.

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Index Terms:
Web services, SOAP, WS-Security, streaming processing, DoS robustness, efficient processing.
Citation:
Nils Gruschka, Meiko Jensen, Luigi Lo Iacono, Norbert Luttenberger, "Server-Side Streaming Processing of WS-Security," IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 272-285, Oct.-Dec. 2011, doi:10.1109/TSC.2010.61
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