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Java EE authorization - JACC revisited part I

A while ago we took a look at container authorization in Java EE, which we saw was taken care of by a specification called JACC. We saw that JACC offered a clear standardized hook into what's often seen as a completely opaque and container specific process, but that it also had a number of disadvantages. Furthermore we provided a partial (non-working) implementation of a JACC provider to illustrate the idea. In this part of the article we'll revisit JACC by taking a closer look at some of the mentioned disadvantages and dive a little deeper in the concept of role mapping. In part II we'll be looking at the first element of a more complete implementation of the JACC provider that was shown before. To refresh our memory, the following were the disadvantages that we previously discovered: Arcane & verbose API No portable way to see what the groups/roles are in a collection of Principals No portable way to use the container's role to group mapper No default …