HTTPS url and Message Security RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    My client wants that the WCF service that we created have...
    1. A HTTPS url instead of a HTTP url.
    2. That message encryption be done like that of WsHttpBinding (Mode : Message).

    I tried various options.. 
    1. Have configured my IIS with a certificate and ensured that the application is https enabled.
    2. I tried with WsHttpBinding and CustomBinding equivalent to the WsHttpBinding.

    All my trails have gone awry and I really don't know what to do here.
    The client's requirement was..
    1. SSL certificates - meaning a HTTPS url.
    2. Message signing - message is encrypted between sender and receiver and vice-versa.

    While my service provider is obviously .NET, my consumers are java / Pega based. So, need to think about interoperability also.Can anybody please advise.
    Thanks in advance.

    Praveen Behara
    MCST : BizTalk Server 2006 R2, 2010

    • Edited by Praveen Kumar Behara Saturday, December 28, 2013 6:13 AM added provider and consumer details
    Friday, December 27, 2013 10:22 AM

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  • Hi,

    It will be better if you can post your configure file here to find where are wrong.

    And please try to check these articles:

    #How to: Configure an IIS-hosted WCF service with SSL: .

    #Seven simple steps to enable HTTPS on WCF WsHttp bindings: .

    #WCF over HTTPS : .

    Best Regards,
    Amy Peng

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    Monday, December 30, 2013 6:05 AM
  • Hi Amy,
    Thanks for the response and the links. They are pretty useful.
    Before I get into what I did wrong, I just want to re-iterate what is needed.

    We need to have two way SSL as well as message signing.

    SSL certificates
    Consumer                                        -> Provider                        -> Provider                                         -> Consumer
    Sign with Consumer Private Key & submit request -> Verify with Consumer Public Key -> Sign with Provider Private Key & return response -> Verify with  Provider Public Key

    Message signing
    Consumer                                        -> Provider                        -> Provider
    Sign with Consumer Private Key & submit request -> Verify with Consumer Public Key -> Send unsigned response
    I did manage to get something in place with the following configuration...
    1. I have configured my site with SSL, still for testing purpose I am enabling a ..
     a. UnsecureEndpoint - basicHttpBinding using http URL.
     b. SecureEndpoint   - wsHttpBinding using https URL.
    2. WsHttpBinding with Mode as TransportWithMessageCredential

    Now what I want to know.. Is this configuration sufficient for the requirement?
    How do I prove it that it is sufficient with what is asked for?
    Also, the client keeps on insisting that the message be encrypted..
    I believe the Transport will take care of encrypting the data... is it correct?
    When I look in my WCF logs, I am seeing plain text data. When I used Mode as Message in WsHttpBinding, I was seeing cipherText in my WCF logs.

    Below is the binding I am using for the service.

          <binding name="SecureWsHttpBinding">
            <security mode="TransportWithMessageCredential">
              <transport clientCredentialType="Windows" /> <!-- Can I remove this -->
              <message clientCredentialType="Certificate" />
        <service behaviorConfiguration="SecureBehavior" name="SampleApplication.Services.SampleApplicationService">
          <endpoint address="http://localhost/SampleApplication/SampleApplicationService.svc/basic"
            binding="basicHttpBinding" bindingConfiguration="" name="SampleApplicationEndpoint_Basic"
            contract="SampleApplication.Contracts.ISampleApplicationService" />
          <endpoint address="https://localhost/SampleApplication/SampleApplicationService.svc"
            binding="wsHttpBinding" bindingConfiguration="SecureWsHttpBinding"
            name="WsHttpSecureEndpoint" contract="SampleApplication.Contracts.ISampleApplicationService">
              <dns value="ServiceCert" />
          <behavior name="SecureEndpointBehavior">
              <clientCertificate findValue="ServiceCert" storeLocation="LocalMachine"
                x509FindType="FindBySubjectName" />
                <defaultCertificate findValue="ServiceCert" storeLocation="LocalMachine"
                  x509FindType="FindBySubjectName" />
          <behavior name="UnsecureBehavior">
            <serviceMetadata httpGetEnabled="true" />
            <serviceDebug includeExceptionDetailInFaults="true" />
          <behavior name="SecureBehavior">
                <authentication certificateValidationMode="PeerOrChainTrust" revocationMode="NoCheck" />
              <serviceCertificate findValue="ServiceCert" x509FindType="FindBySubjectName" />
            <serviceDebug />
            <serviceMetadata httpGetEnabled="true" httpsGetEnabled="true" />

    Client would be Pega or some java based application.

    Thanks in advance for all the help.

    Praveen Behara
    MCST : BizTalk Server 2006 R2, 2010

    Monday, December 30, 2013 8:17 AM