The recently published “OWASP API security top 10” report analyzes the anti-patterns that lead to vulnerabilities and security risks in APIs. In this 10 part series, we introduce these API anti-patterns. Every API professional should know about these anti-patterns. In this blog post, we focus on “API security misconfiguration”.

API security anti-pattern for Security Misconfiguration

Security misconfiguration is commonly a result of insecure default configurations, incomplete or ad-hoc configurations, open cloud storage, misconfigured HTTP headers, unnecessary HTTP methods, permissive Cross-Origin resource sharing (CORS), and verbose error messages containing sensitive information.

The good thing is, that it is relatively easy to fix security misconfiguration and considerably improve the API security as a result.

Want to learn more?

Check out the complete OWASP API security paper. To secure access to your APIs, learn more about the OAuth in the OAuth Book, or the OAuth Course. To provide and use identity data in apps and APIs, learn more about OpenID Connect in the OpenID Connect Book, or the OpenID Connect Course.

The 10 most critical API security risks – Part 7: Security Misconfiguration

Matthias Biehl

As API strategist, Matthias helps clients discover their opportunities for innovation with APIs & ecosystems and turn them into actionable digital strategies. Based on his experience in leading large-scale API initiatives in both business and technology roles, he shares best practices and provides both strategic and practical guidance. He has stayed a techie at heart and at some point, got a Ph.D. Matthias publishes a blog at api-university.com, is the author of several books on APIs, and regularly speaks at technology conferences.