OWASP Review BSI IT-Grundschutz Baustein Webanwendungen

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Contact and Project Lead

If you want to become a part of the OWASP review team, please subscribe to the mailing list https://lists.owasp.org/mailman/listinfo/bsi-webbaustein-review. It is of course not necessary to be a member to volunteer :-)

The contact the coordinating team please mail to bsi-webbaustein@owasp.de or contact the project leader Ralf Reinhardt

This is a project of the OWASP German Chapter.


Technical review of the module web application ("Baustein Webanwendungen") of the IT-baseline protection catalog ("IT Grundschutz Katalog") of the German Federal Office for Information Security ("BSI") from the OWASP's point of view.


The German "Federal Office for Information Security" (BSI), which is comparable to departments focused on security in organizations like NIST or CCTA, offers the IT Baseline Protection ("IT-Grundschutz") for public usage, which is based on ISO/IEC 27001. The IT Baseline Protection include a catalog of approx. 80 "Bausteine" (building blocks). Those blocks are dealing with one particular subject of IT security. They are usually written in the German language and later translated to English. They become the de facto standard for IT security and related certifications in Germany after they are finally released.

In January 2012 the draft of the block "Webanwendungen" (web applications) was released with a request for comments. Since this is the core expertise of OWASP we invited a delegate of the BSI to attend the last chapter meeting of the German Chapter which took place in Frankfurt / Main on the 3rd of February. The meeting's outcome was the strong wish to perform a review of that very web application block as an OWASP project. This project will help to expand the visibility of OWASP in the German IT security landscape broadly.


  • Building a core team
  • Reading the BSI documents
  • Collecting comments from the community familiar with the BSI documents
  • Creating a common understanding
  • Writing a review with OWASP glasses
  • Review of OWASP's review itself
  • Releasing the result(s)


06/01/2012, in German: 01.06.2012

//TODO: next

Poll about the date of the next (i.e. the first) core team meeting in real world (yes, face2face) taking place in Gröbenzell near Munich. A "doodle" will follow up pretty soon here.

Relevant links and general information

Document download

"Entwurf Baustein Webanwendungen" of the BSI (in German language) directly: https://www.bsi.bund.de/SharedDocs/Downloads/DE/BSI/Grundschutz/Download/Vorabversionen/Baustein_Webanwendungen_Entwurf.zip

General download section of the BSI: https://www.bsi.bund.de/ContentBSI/grundschutz/kataloge/download/download.html

Some further information about "BSI" and "Grundschutz"

The BSI about itself: https://www.bsi.bund.de/EN/Home/home_node.html

Wikipedia about BSI: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bundesamt_f%C3%BCr_Sicherheit_in_der_Informationstechnik

Wikipedia about "IT-Grundschutz Katalog": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IT_Baseline_Protection_Catalogs

Actual Work in Progress

Will be found in "Discussion". In German :-)

Core Team

  • Boris Hemkemeier
  • Kai Jendrian
  • Ralf Reinhardt
  • Dirk Wetter

Project Contributors

  • Your name here ;-)

Project Licence

Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0