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An Overview and Evaluation of Web Services Security Performance Optimizations

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2 Author(s)
van Engelen, R.A. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Florida State Univ., Tallahassee, FL ; Wei Zhang

WS-Security is an essential component of the Web services protocol stack. WS-Security provides end-to-end security properties (integrity, confidentiality, and authentication) through open XML standards. End-to-end message security assures the participation of non-secure transport intermediaries in message exchanges, which is a key advantage for Web-based systems and service-oriented architectures. However, point-to-point message security based on TLS (transport layer security) is known to significantly outperform WS-Security. In this paper we analyze the overhead of the WS-Security protocol processing stages and evaluate existing and new techniques for WS-Security signature performance optimizations to speed up end-to-end message integrity assurance and authentication.

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Web Services, 2008. ICWS '08. IEEE International Conference on

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23-26 Sept. 2008

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