Reactivity Inc, a provider of appliances for securing XML web services traffic, has started shipping its XML Firewall 2300 series boxes, which have increased defenses against certain attacks and improve standards support and interoperability.
The upgrades, which will require hardware as well as software to be replaced, come after Reactivity has had time to learn from its experiences with its first batch of customers and work on demonstrable interoperability with the major application servers.
New in the 2300 appliances are defenses against XML denial of service attacks, by allowing more variables to be considered when assessing whether traffic is an attack.
In previous versions, XML documents were blocked if they were over a certain size, but this proved inadequate.
A new throttling defense option has also been added to protect against identified DoS attacks. The devices can also now protect against XML-borne viruses, in conjunction with a McAfee anti-virus server.
Reactivity is also pushing the devices as means to provide interoperability between web services running on different platforms. The 2300 works with BEA [BEA], Microsoft [MSFT], IBM [IBM] and WebMethods application servers, and supports the latest web services security standards.
The company claims it does a lot more than a firewall is expected to do, such as dealing with certificate-based authentication, LDAP access lists, encryption, signing and data transformation.
This article was based on material originally published by ComputerWire.