Securing Mule Applications With Anypoint Enterprise Security

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Securing Mule Applications With Anypoint Enterprise Security

In this article, we'll take a look at the various ways that Mule can help you protect the valuable information you put online.

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Mule provides a bundle of security tools called Anypoint Enterprise Security which helps in securing data access in a Mule Application. 

Anypoint Enterprise Security requires an Enterprise license which one has to acquire from MuleSoft. After installing Anypoint Enterprise Security, a new group called Security will be available on your Mule palette, which will contain six new processors.

The new processors, added after successful installation of the Anypoint Enterprise Security module, are CRC32, Message Encryption, Filter, OAuth provider module, Secure Property Placeholder, and Digital Signature.

The Mule CRC32 Processor is used to apply a cyclic redundancy check on Mule messages to check their integrity. In CRC, the message is assigned a check value when it enters the system and this value is matched when the message leaves the system. If the values match, then the message integrity is intact.

Mule Message Encryption Processor can encrypt entire payloads or selected fields in the message. This is done to prevent unauthorized access. Data like passwords and credit card information are always transmitted in an encrypted format.

Mule Filter Processor is used to process only valid messages as it will not let an invalid one pass. The condition for validity is configured in the processor.

Mule Secure Token Service OAuth 2.0 Provider is used to secure a REST Web Service Provider or Consumer. OAuth user tokens ensure that a resource owner never has to share credentials, such as a username or password, with a 3rd-party web service.

Mule Digital Signature Processor is used to ensure that messages maintain integrity and authenticity. Digital signatures ensure that a sender is valid, that a message is not modified in transit between web services, and that no unauthorized user has tampered with a message.

Secure Property Placeholder is a global element which is used to encrypt properties in a properties file. The properties file which stores encrypted properties is called the Mule Credentials Vault. There are 19 encryption algorithms available to encrypt the properties file. The Encryption Key is the only thing which can decrypt the Mule Credentials Vault.

Apart from the Anypoint Enterprise Security module, Mule also provides OOTB features to ensure the security of your applications. These features are Mule Security Manager, LDAP integration, SSH for secure FTP, and Inbound Request Validation using SAML 2.0.

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