[GRASS-dev] Implement a REST API for GRASS

Sören Gebbert soerengebbert at googlemail.com
Fri May 26 00:17:19 PDT 2017

2017-05-26 8:27 GMT+02:00 Maris Nartiss <maris.gis at gmail.com>:
> It is no about implementation but the concept itself. As soon as there
> will be an easy way how to provide GRASS GIS processing as a service,
> somebody will run it without understanding all security ramifications
> of allowing any input into GRASS. Securing GRASS code would be nice,
> but so far we are short on high level developers who could do it.
> I'm not voting against anyone making easy to run GRASS via WPS or
> REST, I just want to be sure that lack security against various remote
> threats is kept in mind.

This is true for all REST API's or WPS
that expose a legacy software functionality as internet service.
To reduce security risks you have to be in control of
the input (parameter, files, database) to the legacy software
and provide access only to trusted people via authentication.

Best regards

> Māris.
> 2017-05-25 11:24 GMT+03:00 Blumentrath, Stefan <Stefan.Blumentrath at nina.no>:
>> Seen this: https://bitbucket.org/huhabla/open-graas?
>> Cheers
>> Stefan
>> ________________________________________
>> Von: grass-dev [grass-dev-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] im Auftrag von Maris Nartiss [maris.gis at gmail.com]
>> Gesendet: Donnerstag, 25. Mai 2017 09:42
>> An: Pietro
>> Cc: GRASS developers list
>> Betreff: Re: [GRASS-dev] Implement a REST API for GRASS
>> I assume that both are equally dangerous. My opinion is that GRASS GIS
>> should not be exposed to any non trustable users, as various smaller
>> and larger bugs are too common. Unless, of course, it runs inside a
>> throw-away VM.
>> 2017-05-25 10:33 GMT+03:00 Pietro <peter.zamb at gmail.com>:
>>> Dear Māris,
>>> On Wed, May 24, 2017 at 8:52 PM, Maris Nartiss <maris.gis at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> GRASS GIS code has never been developed with security in mind. I would
>>>> not suggest to run it in a non-trustable environment.
>>> Do you think that expose some GRASS modules through a REST API can be more
>>> dangerous than exposing the same modules through a WPS service? Why?
>>> Pietro
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