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Anypoint Enterprise Security

Enterprise Edition

Anypoint Enterprise Security is a collection of security features that enforce secure access to information in Mule applications.

This suite of security features provides various methods for applying security to Mule Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) implementations and Web services. The following security features bridge gaps between trust boundaries in applications:

  • Mule Secure Token Service (STS) Oauth 2.0 Provider

  • Mule Credentials Vault

  • Mule Message Encryption Processor

  • Mule Digital Signature Processor

  • Mule Filter Processor

  • Mule CRC32 Processor

Install the Anypoint Enterprise Security update on your instance of Anypoint Studio Enterprise Edition 3.3.2 or later.

Why Do Applications Need Security?

Businesses must ensure that the valuable information they store and make available through software applications and Web services is secure. Locked away and protected from unauthorized users and malicious attackers, protected resources — such as credit card information or Social Security numbers — must still be accessible to authorized legitimate users and systems in order to conduct business transactions.

To provide secure access to information, applications and services can apply a variety of security measures. The suite of security features in Anypoint Enterprise Security enables developers to protect applications according to security requirements, prevent security breaches and facilitate authorized access to data.

Advantages of Anypoint Enterprise Security

Anypoint Enterprise Security adds new features on top of Mule Enterprise’s existing security capabilities. Mule already provides the following security features:

In most cases the above features were accessible only to expert Mule developers who are very familiar with the Spring Security framework. Anypoint Enterprise Security expands the types of security available to apply to Mule applications and, through its accessibility in Studio, makes security features accessible to a broader range of skilled developers.

Compiled to form an easily-accessible, user-friendly collection, Anypoint Enterprise Security offers developers a clear, structured method for adding security to Mule applications. Developers can easily drag-and-drop one or more security features into Mule flows in Studio, Mule’s graphical user interface (GUI), and can find configuration support in Mule documentation.

Features Summary

Anypoint Enterprise Security offers developers six tools to ensure that authorized end users have secure access to protected data. Each tool plays a different role in securing a Mule application.

Mule Secure Token Service (STS) Oauth 2.0 Provider

Mule can apply Oauth 2.0 security to a REST Web service provider or consumer. OAuth uses tokens to ensure that a resource owner never has to share credentials, such as a username or password, with a 3rd-party Web service.

For example, Facebook uses OAuth to connect to Gmail to collect a user’s Gmail contacts. When a user initiates the request to connect, Facebook opens a new browser window for the user to enter a Gmail address and password. If authenticated, Gmail provides all the user’s contacts to Facebook, but does not share the user’s Gmail login credentials. OAuth ensures that the 3rd-party Facebook application never has access to the user’s protected Gmail credentials.

Mule Credentials Vault

Mule can encrypt properties in a .properties file. The .properties file in Mule stores data as key-value pairs. Mule flows may access this data — usernames, first and last names, credit card information — as the flow processes messages. In the context of Anypoint Enterprise Security, Mule refers to the .properties file in which it safely stores encrypted properties as the Mule Credentials Vault.

Mule Message Encryption Processor

Mule can encrypt an entire payload or several fields of data within a message. Where sensitive information must move between users, yet remain hidden from them, a developer can encrypt message content to prevent unauthorized access. Typically, you may need to encrypt data such as a password, credit card number or social security number (SSN).

Mule Digital Signature Processor

Mule uses digital signatures to ensure that messages maintain integrity and authenticity. Mule can verify that an incoming Web service request originates from a valid source, and can sign an outgoing Web service response to ensure its contents. Digital signatures ensure that a sender is valid, that a message is not modified in transit between Web services, and that no unauthorized user has tampered with a message.

Mule Filter Processor

Mule can filter messages it receives to avoid processing invalid ones. With a filter processor in place, Mule discards any message it receives that does not match the filter’s parameters — a message from outside a set range of IP addresses, for example.

Mule CRC32 Processor

Mule can apply a cyclic redundancy check (CRC) to messages to ensure message integrity. CRC uses an algorithm to apply a check value to a message when it enters a system, and verifies the value when the message leaves the system. If the entry and exit values do not match, CRC marks the message as changed. Generally, CRC32 (32 indicates the 33-bit polynomial length in the algorithm) detects unintentional changes to messages, such as the accumulation of “noise” between transmission points, but it can also detect unauthorized intentional changes – for instance, flagging a message that has been tampered with during transmission to change it into a Trojan horse.

See Also

  1. Install the Anypoint Enterprise Security update on your instance of Anypoint Studio or Standalone Enterprise 3.3.2 or later.

  2. Examine the details of above-listed features; use menu in left-nav bar to access feature-specific pages.

  3. Explore two example applications that demonstrate Anypoint Enterprise Security features in action: