sbserver

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Published: Mar 1, 2019 License: Apache-2.0 Imports: 16 Imported by: 0

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Overview

Command sbserver is an application for serving URL lookups via a simple API.

In order to abstract away the complexities of the Safe Browsing API v4, the sbserver application can be used to serve a subset of API v4 over HTTP. This subset is intentionally small so that it would be easy to implement by a client. It is intended for sbserver to either be running locally on a client's machine or within the same local network. That way it can handle most local API calls before resorting to making an API call to the actual Safe Browsing API over the internet.

Usage of sbserver looks something like this:

             _________________
            |                 |
            |  Safe Browsing  |
            |  API v4 servers |
            |_________________|
                     |
            ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
               The Internet
            ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
                     |
              _______V_______
             |               |
             |   SBServer    |
      +------|  Application  |------+
      |      |_______________|      |
      |              |              |
 _____V_____    _____V_____    _____V_____
|           |  |           |  |           |
|  Client1  |  |  Client2  |  |  Client3  |
|___________|  |___________|  |___________|

In theory, each client could directly use the Go SafeBrowser implementation, but there are situations where that is not desirable. For example, the client may not be using the language Go, or there may be multiple clients in the same machine or local network that would like to share a local database and cache. The sbserver was designed to address these issues.

The sbserver application is technically a proxy since it is itself actually an API v4 client. It connects the Safe Browsing API servers using an API key and maintains a local database and cache. However, it is also a server since it re-serves a subset of the API v4 endpoints. These endpoints are minimal in that they do not require each client to maintain state between calls.

The assumption is that communication between SBServer and Client1, Client2, and Client3 is inexpensive, since they are within the same machine or same local network. Thus, the sbserver can efficiently satisfy some requests without talking to the global Safe Browsing servers since it has a potentially larger cache. Furthermore, it can multiplex multiple requests to the Safe Browsing servers on fewer TCP connections, reducing the cost for comparatively more expensive internet transfers.

By default, the sbserver listens on localhost:8080 and serves the following API endpoints:

/v4/threatMatches:find
/v4/threatLists
/status
/r

Endpoint: /v4/threatMatches:find

This is a lightweight implementation of the API v4 threatMatches endpoint. Essentially, it takes in a list of URLs, and returns a list of threat matches for those URLs. Unlike the Safe Browsing API, it does not require an API key.

Example usage:

# Send request to server:
$ curl \
  -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
  -X POST -d '{
      "threatInfo": {
          "threatTypes":      ["UNWANTED_SOFTWARE", "MALWARE"],
          "platformTypes":    ["ANY_PLATFORM"],
          "threatEntryTypes": ["URL"],
          "threatEntries": [
              {"url": "google.com"},
              {"url": "bad1url.org"},
              {"url": "bad2url.org"}
          ]
      }
  }' \
  localhost:8080/v4/threatMatches:find

# Receive response from server:
{
    "matches": [{
        "threat":          {"url": "bad1url.org"},
        "platformType":    "ANY_PLATFORM",
        "threatType":      "UNWANTED_SOFTWARE",
        "threatEntryType": "URL"
    }, {
        "threat":          {"url": "bad2url.org"},
        "platformType":    "ANY_PLATFORM",
        "threatType":      "UNWANTED_SOFTWARE",
        "threatEntryType": "URL"
    }, {
        "threat":          {"url": "bad2url.org"},
        "platformType":    "ANY_PLATFORM",
        "threatType":      "MALWARE",
        "threatEntryType": "URL"
    }]
}

Endpoint: /v4/threatLists

The endpoint returns a list of the threat lists that the sbserver is currently subscribed to. The threats returned by the earlier threatMatches API call may only be one of these types.

Example usage:

# Send request to server:
$ curl -X GET localhost:8080/v4/threatLists

# Receive response from server:
{
    "threatLists": [{
        "threatType":      "MALWARE"
        "platformType":    "ANY_PLATFORM",
        "threatEntryType": "URL",
    }, {
        "threatType":      "SOCIAL_ENGINEERING",
        "platformType":    "ANY_PLATFORM"
        "threatEntryType": "URL",
    }, {
        "threatType":      "UNWANTED_SOFTWARE"
        "platformType":    "ANY_PLATFORM",
        "threatEntryType": "URL",
    }]
}

Endpoint: /status

The status endpoint allows a client to obtain some statistical information regarding the health of sbserver. It can be used to determine how many requests were satisfied locally by sbserver alone and how many requests were forwarded to the Safe Browsing API servers.

Example usage:

$ curl localhost:8080/status
{
    "Stats" : {
        "QueriesByDatabase" : 132,
        "QueriesByCache" : 31,
        "QueriesByAPI" : 6,
        "QueriesFail" : 0,
    },
    "Error" : ""
}

Endpoint: /r

The redirector endpoint allows a client to pass in a query URL. If the URL is safe, the client is automatically redirected to the target. If the URL is unsafe, then an interstitial warning page is shown instead.

Example usage:

$ curl -i localhost:8080/r?url=http://google.com
HTTP/1.1 302 Found
Location: http://google.com

$ curl -i localhost:8080/r?url=http://bad1url.org
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2016 21:29:33 GMT
Content-Length: 1783
Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8

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