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OWASP API Security Top 10

This project is designed to address the ever-increasing number of organizations that are deploying potentially sensitive APIs as part of their software offerings. These APIs are used for internal tasks and to interface with third parties. Unfortunately, many APIs do not undergo the rigorous security testing that would help make them secure from an attack.

The OWASP API Security Project seeks to provide value to software developers and security assessors by underscoring the potential risks in insecure APIs, and illustrating how these risks may be mitigated. In order to facilitate this goal, the OWASP API Security Project will create and maintain a Top 10 API Security Risks document, as well as a documentation portal for best practices when creating or assessing APIs.


While working as developers or information security consultants, many people have encountered APIs as part of a project. While there are some resources to help create and evaluate these projects (such as the OWASP REST Security Cheat Sheet), there has not be a comprehensive security project designed to assist builders, breakers, and defenders in the community.

This project aims to:

  • Create the OWASP Top Ten API Security Risks document, which can easily underscore the most common risks in the area.
  • Create a documentation portal for developers to build APIs in a secure manner.
  • Work closely with the security community to maintain living documents that evolve with security trends.

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The OWASP API Security Project documents are free to use!

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