The Web Security Topics Series

Authentication and Authorization on the Web

Authentication And Authorization

  • Nigel Chapman and Jenny Chapman
  • 978-0-9567370-5-2
  • MacAvon Media, pb. 246 pages
  • 8 October 2012
  • Kindle edition (ASIN B009SCFHQI)

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A short book in the Web Security Topics series, intended for Web developers. Provides a detailed description of setting up, managing and maintaining the security of user accounts in Web applications. Covers secure storage of passwords, authentication of users' identities, and methods of authorization for restricting the operations that users may perform. Includes code examples in JavaScript/Node.js, key points at the end of every section and a full glossary.

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Code Examples

All the JavaScript code examples featured in this book are available in a repository at Github. Please read the Code Examples page on this site for more details.

Full Description

Web applications manipulate resources in response to requests from users. It is often necessary to determine whether a requested operation should be allowed for the user who sent the request. This process of authorization – that is, deciding whether an application should be allowed to carry.out the operation which a request from a particular user or program calls for – depends on, but is separate from, the process of authentication. Authentication means determining the identity of the user or program sending the request. This is usually done by maintaining user accounts, protected by passwords, and by requiring users to log in.

Written for professional and student Web developers, this book provides a clear and practical description of authentication and authorization for Web sites. Secure methods of storing users’ account details and passwords are described. The authors explain different methods of authentication, and techniques for applying authorization to requests from authenticated users.

Drawing on a thorough understanding of computing principles and many years of practical experience in Web application development, the authors explain the available techniques for maintaining user accounts and protecting users’ data from unauthorized operations. A simple application, written in JavaScript and built on the Express framework, is developed throughout the book to demonstrate the principles. Clear key points summarize each section, notes on relevant topics in cryptography are included, and technical terms are defined in a 16-page glossary.

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