OWASP Security Labeling System Project

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PURPOSE

Making security VISIBLE for everybody.


WHAT IS IT?

It is system of security labels for web applications.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

There are 4 labels:

* Security (S). Security starts with SECURE CODING, and secure maintenance. This label is based on the OWASP Application Security Verification Standard(AVSV). Web applications will get a rating based on the Applications Security Verification levels on the AVSV standard(cursory, standard, opportunistic, and advanced).

* Privacy (P). Security is also about TRUST. Technical security is not relevant if Software comes with hidden backdoors, and non-transparent policies. This label will require a Privacy scanning policy that may be based on the OWASP Top Ten Privacy project. Web applications must follow ethical principles of data processing and data protection.

* Ingredients (I). Security is also about TRANSPARENCY. This condition is only possible through the use of Open Source Software. Contemporary Software is built(and linked) by many components such as shared libraries, APIs, and so on. This label is about Web Applications exposing all their ingredients, including third party code and dependencies.

* Openness (O). Security might also be OPEN. Open security means having a fast and reliable IT security team. This label consists on a scanning policy based on the OWASP Top Ten project, and making the scan visible.


IMPLEMENTATION

Due to the complexity of the tasks, the Labels will be implemented 1 by 1. The first Label to be implemented is the OPENNESS LABEL. We will start with this experimental implementation in June - 2015. In the mean time we need open security promoters, to get submitted into the project's records.

The System provides 4 logos and 4 clauses(1 for each label). The clauses can be added before the copyright public licenses as a "license exception", or included in the warranty clause(or any other) in custom copyright licenses, license contracts, terms of services, or even privacy policies.

STEP 1: Get Registered into the OWASP Security Labeling system Site.

STEP 2: Download the label-logo(s) and paste before your copyright license, license contract, terms of service, or privacy policy.

STEP 3: Incorporate the correspondent label-clause(s) in a visible place within your Web application, copyright license, license contract,terms of service,or privacy policy.

COMPROMISES

- Between DEVELOPER and the OWASP SECURITY LABELING PROJECT. By including the Labeling-logos, the Developer gets the compromise of following the OWASP labeling system requirements.

- Between DEVELOPER and USERS. By incorporating the Labeling-Clauses, Web service providers assume a direct compromise with their users.

- Between OWASP SECURITY LABELING PROJECT and USERS. Users can report violations of the labeling system to the OWASP labeling project Volunteers.

PRESENTATION

http://owaspsecuritylabelingsystem.blogspot.com/ http://www.slideshare.net/luisenriquezA/owaspsecuritylabelingsystem

MOTIVATION

After joining the OWASP community in my local chapter, I got the idea of a security labeling system. When I contacted Jeff Williams I found out that he already proposed a very similar idea few years ago. We think we can revive it. The OWASP international community has the purpose of making security visible, and opinions from different sides are crucial in order to create a practical and widely used labeling system.



NEWS AND EVENTS

  • The proposal of this project is being FIXED. As this is an experimental idea, We will start implementing each label by separate. We will start with the Openness label in June - 2015.

YOU ARE ALL INVITED TO JOIN THIS SECURITY PROJECT.

PROJECT LEADER

Luis Enriquez


LICENSING

The OWASP Security Labeling System Project is free to use. All documentation is licensed under the http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license], so you can copy, distribute and transmit the work, and you can adapt it, and use it commercially, but all provided that you attribute the work and if you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

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CLASSIFICATIONS

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/*Add these clauses on your web applications in a visible place. You could also add them into your license contracts, terms of services or privacy policies. If your software is licensed under the terms of a generic-purpose FOSS public license(such as the GPL license, the Apache license, the Mozilla license, and so on...),you might add these clauses before the license terms as a license exception, or as additional terms.*/




OWASP SECURITY LABELING SYSTEM. This Web Application is labeled under the OWASP security labeling system with the purpose of making security VISIBLE for everybody. THIS IS A SECURITY COMPROMISE BETWEEN THE ADMINISTRATOR of this Web Application, and the end users. This system is only based on trust and reputation. OWASP denies any liability, or damage claims of any kind.

Security Label

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SECURITY LABEL CLAUSE: Security starts with secure coding and maintainance. This Web application is following the security guidelines of the OWASP Application Security Verification Standard. Reports can be downloaded "here".


Privacy Label

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PRIVACY LABEL CLAUSE: Security is about Trust. This Web application uses a scan policy based on the OWASP top ten Privacy project. Reports can be downloaded here.


Ingredients Label

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INGREDIENTS LABEL CLAUSE: Security is about Transparency. This Web application discloses a list of all its components and third party code, including source code, plug-ins, shared libraries. Reports can be downloaded here.

Openness Label

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OPENNESS LABEL CLAUSE: Security is about Transparency. This Web application is regularly scanned by a policy based on the OWASP top ten project. Reports can be downloaded here.


THIS COMPROMISE IS VALID AS LONG AS THE WEB APPLICATION IS REGISTERED INTO THE OWASP SECURITY LABELING SYSTEM RECORDS.


Why creating a security labeling system is important?

Making security more visible.
Is a transnational and market wise solution.
It is based on trust and reputation.
Visual, and easy to apply.
Different labeling categories for different purposes.

Which security labels can I add to my Software?

Security label (S).
Privacy label (P).
Ingredients label (I).
Openness label (O).

What is the Security label (S) about?

Web Applications must be developed and maintained with a security orientation.

Why is the Security label (S) relevant?

Users have the right to know if web applications are secure enough. This is the main purpose of OWASP. Currently we propose using the AVSV standard as it provides a basis for testing web application technical security controls.

What is the Privacy label (P) about?

Surveillance code, missuse of personal data, and non-transparent policies are as dangerous as code vulnerabilities.

Why is the Privacy label relevant?

Users have the right to know how their information is processed and stored. We propose developing a privacy scan policy based on the OWASP Top Ten Privacy Project.

What is the Ingredients label (I) about?

Is about exposing all the components of your software, such as API's, and shared libraries.

Why is the Ingredients label (I) relevant?

Because it will help developers and users to identify properly third party code, evaluate the risks of using it,
avoid non intentional license compatibility controversies, and so forth.

What is the Openness label (O) about?

It is dedicated to rate security. Web Applications will expose their vulnerabilities of the
last vulnerability scan the public. They will have the time to patch them until the next vulnerabilities scan.
The scans should be fixed in a regular basis(e.g. each week).

Why is the Openness label (O) relevant?

Vulnerabilities such as XSS scripting and SQL injection must be efficiently fixed.
Scan policies must be based on the OWASP Top ten Project.

Volunteers

The OWASP Security Labeling System is developed by a worldwide team of volunteers. The primary contributors to date have been:

  • Luis Enriquez (Copyright & IT Lawyer)
  • Jeff Williams (Computer Security Expert)
  • Mauricio Gálvez (Security Consultant - Hosting)
  • Jorge Lara (Graphical Designer)


The priorities of the OWASP Security Labeling System are:

(1) Create and Distribute opinion polls to different sides involved in the IT environment(such as software developers, e-commerce agents, IT security firms, Cyber communities, Internet rights NGOs, lawyers, and of course, users).


(2) Create the most suitable methodology for the security labeling system. At this point seems that the best methodology is to create a logo and a declaration. The logo must be visible within the web application, and linked to the declaration and reports stored on the OWASP security labeling system records. The declaration may also be included within the web application, or as part of IT contracts, copyright licenses(additional terms for public licenses), terms of service, or privacy policies.


(3) Create a secure server in order to generate genuine certificates for the labeled web applications. WE ARE HERE


(4) Evaluate the labeling system with a voluntary Application on the Internet. This application will be promoted as the first Labeled application. We would start with the OPENNESS LABEL If the results are good enough, we will add the other labels.


(4) Open the labeling system for any Application The OWASP labeling system volunteers will contribute to check that the system is working properly. The labels can always be removed.


Involvement in the development and promotion of the OWASP Security Labeling System is actively encouraged! You do not have to be a security or legal expert in order to contribute. Some of the ways you can help:

  • Get into the testing program.
  • Improve the system.
  • Translate the documents to other languages.
  • Improve this wiki.




/*This example shows how to apply the OWASP Security Labeling system clauses into your Web Site's TERMS AND CONDITIONS. They should be placed inside an OWASP Security Labeling System section. The labeling logos could be placed in your anywhere as long as they remain visible. (as in the front page of this Website, as widget). This Web Site uses 3 labels: Security, Privacy, and Openness */

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/*SECOND: Add the OWASP Security Labeling System clause to your Terms and Conditions: */

Please read carefully the following terms and conditions before registering and using this WebSite:

1. OWASP SECURITY LABELING SYSTEM. This Web Application is labeled under the OWASP security labeling system with the purpose of making security VISIBLE for everybody. THIS IS A SECURITY COMPROMISE BETWEEN THE ADMINISTRATOR of this Web Application, and the end users. This system is only based on trust and reputation. OWASP denies any liability, or damage claims of any kind.

SECURITY LABEL CLAUSE: Security starts with secure coding and maintainance. This Web application is following the security guidelines of the OWASP Application Security Verification Standard. Reports can be downloaded "here".

PRIVACY LABEL CLAUSE: Security is about Trust. This Web application uses a scan policy based on the OWASP top ten Privacy project. Reports can be downloaded here.

OPENNESS LABEL CLAUSE: Security is about Transparency. This Web application is regularly scanned by a policy based on the OWASP top ten project. Reports can be downloaded here.

THIS COMPROMISE IS VALID AS LONG AS THIS WEB APPLICATION IS REGISTERED INTO THE OWASP SECURITY LABELING SYSTEM RECORDS.

2.LIABILITY:/*(from here, clauses are not important)*/ - By signing this agreement, the user assumes complete responsibility over their own uploaded content, including posts, comments, and forums. The FOSS lawyers Institute denies any liability and damages of any kind, concerning contents uploaded by the users.

3.INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: - The contents published in this website are licensed by default using the CC by NC license. User's cannot publish works violating the copyrights of others. Such contents will be deleted.

4. TERMINATION: - You can always close your account in this website. We also reserve the right of closing user's accounts if they infringe the terms and conditions of this website.


PROJECT INFO
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what is this project?
Name: OWASP Security Labeling System Project
Purpose: Creating a security labeling system for software and web applications This labeling system would be based in different criteria It concerns technical and legal security The former idea was proposed by jeff Williams years ago
License: Creative Commons Share Alike 3.0
who is working on this project?
Project Leader(s):
  • Luis Enriquez @
how can you learn more?
Project Pamphlet: Not Yet Created
Project Presentation:
Mailing list: Mailing List Archives
Project Roadmap: View
Key Contacts
  • Contact Luis Enriquez @ to contribute to this project
  • Contact Luis Enriquez @ to review or sponsor this project
  • Contact the GPC to report a problem or concern about this project or to update information.
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