Since the webhook URL must be publicly available, it's essential to add some security layer to be sure that all received events are actual and prevent spoofing attacks.

Basic Auth

One easy way developers can use to provide out-the-box authentication to your webhook listening endpoints is specifying a user and a password in the url provided for the webhook, e.g. http://username:[email protected]. Devengo will honor those params when sending the events to your systems and those will therefore have a simple first layer of protection against unexpected/unauthorized calls.

Webhook signature

In order to provided enhanced security Devengo signs every delivery to your webhooks, including a X-Devengo-Webhooks-Sig header for each event. This allows you to verify that the events were sent by Devengo, not by an unknown third party.

Before you can verify signatures, you will need your's endpoint's secret. That secret is provided to you when the webhook is created via API or Control Panel. Devengo generates a unique secret key for each endpoint. If you use the same endpoint for both Sandbox and the Production environment, note that the secret will be different for each one. Additionally, if you use multiple endpoints, you must obtain a secret for each one you want to verify signatures on.

Verifying signatures manually

The X-Devengo-Webhooks-Sig header included in each signed event contains a timestamp and one or more signatures. The timestamp is prefixed by t=, and each signature is prefixed by a scheme. Schemes start with v, followed by an integer. Currently, the only valid live signature scheme is v1.


Devengo generates signatures using a hash-based message authentication code (HMAC) with SHA256. To prevent downgrade attacks, you should ignore all schemes that are not v1.

Devengo will provide soon support in our official libraries to verify webhook event signatures, but in the meantime you can create a custom solution by following these steps.

Step 1: Extract the timestamp and signatures from the header

Split the header, using the , character as the separator, to get a list of elements. Then split each element, using the = character as the separator, to get a prefix and value pair.

The value for the prefix t corresponds to the timestamp, and v1 corresponds to the signature (or signatures). You can discard all other elements.

Step 2: Prepare the signed_payload string

The signed_payload string is created by concatenating:

  • The timestamp (as a string)
  • The character .
  • The actual JSON payload (that is, the request body)

Step 3: Determine the expected signature

Compute an HMAC with the SHA256 hash function. Use the endpoint’s signing secret as the key, and use the signed_payload string as the message.

Step 4: Compare the signatures

Compare the signature (or signatures) in the header to the expected signature. For an equality match, compute the difference between the current timestamp and the received timestamp, then decide if the difference is within your tolerance.

To protect against timing attacks, use a constant-time string comparison to compare the expected signature to each of the received signatures.