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Testing JASPIC 1.1 on IBM Liberty EE 7 beta

In this article we take a look at the latest April 2015 beta version of IBM's Liberty server, and specifically look at how well it implements the Java EE authentication standard JASPIC. The initial version of Liberty implemented only a seemingly random assortment of Java EE APIs, but the second version that we looked at last year officially implemented the (Java EE 6) web profile. This year however the third incarnation is well on target to implement the full profile of Java EE 7. This means IBM's newer and much lighter Liberty (abbreviated WLP), will be a true alternative for the older and incredibly obese WebSphere (abbreviated WAS) where it purely concerns the Java EE standard APIs. From having by far the most heavyweight server on the market (weighing in at well over 2GB), IBM can now offer a server that's as light and small as various offerings from its competition. For this article we'll be specifically looking at how well JASPIC works on Liberty. Please ta…

How Java EE translates web.xml constraints to Permission instances

It's a well known fact that in Java EE security one can specify security constraints in web.xml. It's perhaps a little lesser known fact that in full profile Java EE servers those constraints are translated by the container to instances of the Permission class. The specifications responsible for this are Servlet and JACC. This article shows a simple example of what this translation looks like. Web.xml constraints We're putting the following constraints in web.xml: <security-constraint> <web-resource-collection> <web-resource-name>Forbidden Pattern</web-resource-name> <url-pattern>/forbidden/*</url-pattern> </web-resource-collection> <auth-constraint/> </security-constraint> <security-constraint> <web-resource-collection> <web-resource-name>Protected Pattern</web-resource-name> <url-pattern>/protected/*</url-pattern> </web-re…