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Jul 25, 2021 - 2 minute read - API Testing API Challenges Evil Tester

Challenge 33 - How To - Authorized GET 200

This post and video shows how to complete the GET Authorized secret note challenge, which returns a status code of 200 and the secret note.

What are the API Challenges?

Our API Challenges Application has a fully functional cloud hosted API, and a set of challenges to work through.

Authorization Challenge

Most of the challenges simply require the correct payload, and an X-Challenger header to track the session. The authentication challenges require an extra header, the value for which can only be obtained with a username and password. This value is obtained when completing challenge 30.

The X-CHALLENGER header authenticates you to access a specific set of secret notes, and the X-AUTH-TOKEN authorizes you to gain access.

  • Authentication is “are you who you say you are” (X-CHALLENGER)
  • Authorization is “do you have the right permissions” (X-AUTH-TOKEN)

Challenge 33 Authorized

Issue a GET request on the /secret/note end point receive 200 when valid X-AUTH-TOKEN used - response body should contain the note

  • GET request means use the HTTP Verb GET
    • e.g. GET /secret/note sends to the secret note endpoint
  • valid X-AUTH-TOKEN used means a custom header named X-AUTH-TOKEN should be added to the message with the value received from the /secret/token response in Challenge 30
  • add the X-CHALLENGER header to track progress
  • Receive a 200 response because both X-CHALLENGER and X-AUTH-TOKEN are for the same user. The Response should contain the content of the secret note.

Basic Instructions

  • Create a new request for the /secret/note end point
    • if running locally that endpoint would be
      • http://localhost:4567/secret/note
    • if running in the cloud that endpoint would be
      • https://apichallenges.herokuapp.com/secret/note
  • The verb should be a GET
  • Ensure there is a custom header with the name X-AUTH-TOKEN and the value is the same as received in the /secret/token response
  • The request should have an X-CHALLENGER header to track challenge completion
  • You should receive a 200 response and the body of the response will contain the secret note
> GET /secret/note HTTP/1.1
> Host: apichallenges.herokuapp.com
> User-Agent: insomnia/2021.2.2
> X-CHALLENGER: x-challenger-guid
> X-AUTH-TOKEN: x-auth-token-value
> Accept: */*

* Mark bundle as not supporting multiuse

< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< Connection: close
< Date: Sun, 25 Jul 2021 11:02:17 GMT
< Content-Type: application/json
< Access-Control-Allow-Origin: *
< Access-Control-Allow-Headers: *
< X-Challenger: x-challenger-guid
< Server: Jetty(9.4.z-SNAPSHOT)
< Via: 1.1 vegur

Example body of the response:

{
  "note": "my note edited"
}

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