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How Servlet containers all implement identity stores differently

In Java EE security two artefacts play a major role, the authentication mechanism and the identity store. The authentication mechanism is responsible for interacting with the caller and the environment. E.g. it causes a UI to be rendered that asks for details such as a username and password, and after a postback retrieves these from the request. As such it's roughly equivalent to a controller in the MVC architecture. Java EE has standardised 4 authentication mechanisms for a Servlet container, as well as a JASPIC API profile to provide a custom authentication mechanism for Servlet (and one for SOAP, but let's ignore that for now). Unfortunately standard custom mechanisms are only required to be supported by a full Java EE server, which means the popular web profile and standalone servlet containers are left in the dark. [update: since EE 8 Web Profile supports JASPIC too] Servlet vendors can adopt the standard API if they want and the Servlet spec even encourages this, but…