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Status Future consideration
Categories APIs & SDKs
Created by Guest
Created on Jan 24, 2020

Enhance authentication options for SSPCM API's

The SSPCM requires a username/password to be authenticated, requiring a static (or semi-static) password.  This contravenes many organisations security policies designed to protect access.


An alternate method of authentication would dismiss the requirement to set static password, and store them in scripts / API functions.

e.g.  authenticate via keys or certificates, ability for a local privileged OS user to call the API without authentication, or the ability to retrieve a dynamic password from a password store (e.g. CyberArk)

What is your industry? Banking
How will this idea be used?

Strengthen cybersecurity controls

  • Guest
    May 4, 2021

    Responding to new status: "Needs more information"....

    To query the SSPCM API's - a logon is required. E.g.
    curl -s -k -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X POST --data '{"userId":"'${USER}'","password":"'${PASSWORD}'"}' https://${SSPCMHOST}:8443/sspcmrest/sspcm/rest/session

    $USER and $PASSWORD must be stored somewhere to enable automation. If that password is regularly rotated - automation would not work.

    Our use-case is for automated compliance checking. E.g. checking which MAC's and ciphers are enabled, but may be further expanded to include automated config rollout. Any calls to the API would require logon using username/password which present this same problem.