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Package org.owasp.esapi

The ESAPI interfaces and Exception classes model the most important security functions to enterprise web applications.

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Package org.owasp.esapi Description

The ESAPI interfaces and Exception classes model the most important security functions to enterprise web applications. The interfaces in this package are intended to be extended and customized within an enterprise to match their custom data, security services, and application environment. A reference implementation of this interface is provided as an example of how this library can be implemented successfully, but is useful in many ways by itself as well.

OWASP ESAPI interfaces and reference implementation provides enterprise web application developers with the most important security functions they need in ordre to build secure web applications and web services that stand up to most common-day web-based attacks.


The The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is a worldwide free and open community focused on improving the security of application software. Our mission is to make application security "visible," so that people and organizations can make informed decisions about application security risks. Everyone is free to participate in OWASP and all of our materials are available under an open source license. The OWASP Foundation is a 501c3 not-for-profit charitable organization that ensures the ongoing availability and support for our work.

The OWASP ESAPI Project is led by Jeff Williams, Aspect Security.

You can find more information about the ESAPI Java project, or join the mailing list and help us make it better from the OWASP project page at

ESAPI Architecture

The ESAPI class library builds on the excellent security libraries available, such as Java Logging, JCE, and Adobe Commons FileUpload. It uses the concepts from many of the security packages out there, such as ACEGI, Apache Commons Validator, Microsoft's AntiXSS library, and many many more. This library provides a single consistent interface to security functions that is intuitive for enterprise developers.

Addressing OWASP Top Ten

Used properly, the ESAPI provides enough functions to protect against most of the OWASP Top Ten. The only real exception is the Insecure Communications category, which is generally outside the control of the software developer.

Copyright and License

This project and all associated code is Copyright (c) 2007 - The OWASP Foundation

This project licensed under the BSD license, which is very permissive and about as close to public domain as is possible. You can use or modify ESAPI however you want, even include it in commercial products.


This library builds on some of the ideas found in:
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