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SOAP Security?

Jay Brass
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Joined: Oct 24, 2000
Posts: 76
Hey there,
I'm still new to SOAP, but I'm wondering if there are security issues when using SOAP that you may not have with Java or CORBA (using Java). If there are, are there any work arounds?
Tiger Scott
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Joined: Mar 01, 2001
Posts: 223
You acn ofcourse use SSL. also there are specs for Digital Soap. I think SOAP should be as secure as anything else.
John Harby

Joined: Jan 04, 2002
Posts: 20
Check out this link:
Fei Ng
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Joined: Aug 26, 2000
Posts: 1242
thanks for the link!
Great read.
Srini Admala
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Joined: Dec 04, 2001
Posts: 50
Thanks for the link.
It says one should use SSL in combination with Digital Certificates to counter all possible security threats. SSL & Digital Certificates are widely used for on-line transactions and many commercial sites are running for long.
Then why do we see so much focus on security issue in the case of SOAP ? The transactions are still the same except that data is sent in text format (which can always be ciphered) over the chosen transport protocol (Http, FTP, SMTP etc).
Can somebody throw some light on this topic ?
Jim Baiter
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Joined: Jan 05, 2001
Posts: 532
SOAP-DSIG is digital signature not certificate.
William Brogden
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Joined: Mar 22, 2000
Posts: 13037
Microsoft has proposed a bunch of extensions to SOAP to handle various aspects of security. See:

I agree. Here's the link:
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