OWASP Autumn of Code 2006 - Projects: Owasp .Net Tools
AoC Candidate: Boris
Project Coordinator: Dinis Cruz
Project Progress: 03% Complete - Progress Page
Background and Motivation
History Behind Project
OWASP .NET Tools were originally created by Dinis Cruz as standalone applications ANSA, ANBS and SAM'SHE. These tools are used to diagnose security problems in shared hosting environments based on Microsoft's ASP.NET platform.
The number of Web sites and applications is growing rapidly, as well as number of platforms. Microsoft's Web platform is known for its high level of developer productivity, ease of setup and administration and great integration with other, often very widespread, Microsoft products. So, the Microsoft Web platform may be very attractive to individuals and various types of organizations. However, there are still many doubts about how secure it is. Many of these doubts are not backed by specific, measurable data and tests but instead on historical (but not necessarily outdated) data and "word of mouth" type of evidence. Determining how secure an application running on Microsoft's Web platform is usually requires a lot of time and resources. There aren't many tools for testing security aspects of Microsoft's Web platform that make things easier. Even few are publicly available.
Another problem is that, due to a user-friendly nature of the tools provided in Microsoft's products, administering Web sites and applications may seem easier than it sometimes is. Many times these tasks are delegated to people who are not aware of numerous security-related problems (sometimes even not to professional IT administrators) that may occur. As a result, many Web sites and applications deployed are insecure.
Problem to be Addressed
OWASP Tiger 1.0 (this project) is meant to improve and integrate ANSA, ANBS and SAM'SHE into single (but versatile) tool and create both more functionality and better user exeprience.
Benefit to OWASP Members and Community
The deliverables of this project will (hopefully) help OWASP members and community
- be aware of vulnerabilities and risks involved with their applications before releasing them to general public
- determine if their applications are deployed in a less than optimal security environment
- ease patch/hotfix management of their OS/Web server software
- perhaps even make decisions about the technology stack(s) used
Goals and Deliverables
Plan of Approach
- Convert all SAM'SHE and ANSA tests into Owasp SiteGenerator tests
- Document and risk rate all tests using ORG
- Merge and update current SAM'SHE, ANSA and ANBS user interface to reflect the new identity and funcionality
The main deliverables of Tiger 1.0 will be:
- Source code checked in a publicly available source code control system (most probably SourceForge.net)
- Binaries (in the form of installer) posted on SourceForge.net
- User documentation posted on SourceForge.net
Risks and Rewards
The biggest risks with this project are:
- Lack of technical documentation for the current releases (so it's difficult to grasp and build upon the current system)
- Envisioned functionality is not fully specified (yet). Ideally, we sould have a full-blown functional specification.
Rewards of Successful Project
Hopefully, this project will help security professionals find and patch security vulnerabilities much faster and easier than before. That will in turn help the whole user community by making Web applications (well, at least those deployed on the Microsoft platform) more reliable and trustworthy.