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9.19.4. WS-Security

WS-Security addresses message level security. It standardizes authorization, encryption, and digital signature processing of web services. Unlike transport security models, such as SSL, WS-Security applies security directly to the elements of the web service message. This increases the flexibility of your web services, by allowing any message model to be used (point to point, multi-hop relay, etc).

This chapter describes how to use WS-Security to sign and encrypt a simple SOAP message.


WS-Security is defined by the combination of the following specifications: