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Web services are increasingly becoming an integral part of next-generation web applications. They're also vulnerable to attacks. The nature of these attacks is the same as for traditional web applications, but the modus operandi is different. These attacks can lead to information leakage; further, they aid in remote command execution. By using WSDL, an attacker can determine an access point and available interfaces for web services. These interfaces or methods take inputs using SOAP over HTTP/HTTPS. Without good defense at the source code level, your application is in danger of compromise and exploitation. mod_security operates as an Apache web server module, ideal for defending web services against attacks that also include malicious POST data containing SOAP envelopes.
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