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Ajax Security by Bryan Sullivan, Billy Hoffman

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11Web Mashups and Aggregators

Myth: Web Mashups do not have any additional security issues over other Ajax applications.

The last few years have seen the rise of a new type of Web application: the mashup. Mashups are not new applications per se. Rather, they aggregate the data and functionality of several different services and “mash” them together. The result is a new way of viewing or correlating data. A good example of a mashup is HousingMaps.com. This Web site takes the apartment listings on Craigslist and maps them onto an interactive landscape using Google Maps. A mashup is almost always more powerful than the sum of its constituent services and sources. However, in creating this unique blend of content, mashups have trust issues with how ...

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