OASIS Web Application Security (WAS) Technical Committee
Statement of Purpose
Like many other parts of the IT industry, the information security industry has grown extremely fast with few standards bodies and often little co-operation and co-ordination between vendors and the user community.
When security researchers and software vendors publish security advisories, they usually do so in an ambiguous textual form or embed the data into a proprietary data file that only works with their own proprietary security tools. The same vulnerability can be (and often is) described in several different ways, using different language and context, quantifying the impact and threat and therefore the risk in different ways and with different ratings assessments. This textual data can also not be used to provide automated immediate protection by web security assessment and intrusion protection tools.
The WAS technical committee will produce;
a classification scheme for web security vulnerabilities
a model to provide guidance for initial threat, impact and therefore risk ratings
an XML schema to describe web security conditions that can be used by both assessment and protection tools
The technical committee will unite industry consensus and provide standards from which vendors and users will benefit. It will leverage and extend the work of the OWASP VulnXML project that has been established for over a year. The existing VulnXML work is being given to OASIS as part of this proposal.
We will liaise with the OASIS AVDL TC whose mission is to develop communication protocols for application security tools to integrate. There is a clear distinction between the description of the data and the subsequent inter-technology communication of it and given the substantial work and thought already undertaken, the WAS TC will leverage that and focus on the data portion of this problem. The proposers of this TC anticipate that the AVDL specification will consume WAS data.
List of Deliverables
Web Security Classification Scheme - within 12 weeks of TC formation
Web Security Risk Ranking Model - within 16 weeks of TC formation
WAS-XML Schema (fully documented) - within 24weeks of TC formation
WAS-XML Developers Guide - within 24 weeks of TC formation
WAS-XML Overview for Security Researchers and Software Vendors - within 24 weeks of TC formation