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Secure Web Service Clients on Mobile Devices

  • Enterprise apps on mobile devices typically need to communicate with other system components by consuming web services. Since most of the current mobile device platforms (such as Android) do not provide built-in features for consuming SOAP services, extensions have to be designed. Additionally in order to accommodate the typical enhanced security requirements of enterprise apps, it is important to be able to deal with SOAP web service security extensions on client side. In this article we show that neither the built-in SOAP capabilities for Android web service clients are sufficient for enterprise apps nor are the necessary security features supported by the platform as is. After discussing different existing extensions making Android devices SOAP capable we explain why none of them is really satisfactory in an enterprise context. Then we present our own solution which accommodates not only SOAP but also the WS-Security features on top of SOAP. Our solution heavily relies on code generation in order to keep the flexibility benefits of SOAP on one hand while still keeping the development effort manageable for software development. Our approach provides a good foundation for the implementation of other SOAP extensions apart from security on the Android platform as well. In addition our solution based on the gSOAP framework may be used for other mobile platforms in a similar manner.

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Author:Jens Bertram, Carsten KleinerGND
DOI original:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procs.2012.06.089
Parent Title (English):Procedia Computer Science
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2012
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Hannover
Release Date:2016/07/15
Tag:Android; SOAP; WS-Security; Web service; enterprise apps
First Page:696
Last Page:704
Link to catalogue:1685664237
Institutes:Fakultät IV - Wirtschaft und Informatik
DDC classes:004 Informatik
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell-Keine Bearbeitung 3.0