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From "Paul McMahan (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Updated: (GERONIMO-973) Add security to /console-standard
Date Fri, 10 Feb 2006 21:16:00 GMT
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Paul McMahan updated GERONIMO-973:

    Attachment: GERONIMO-973.patch

This attached patch adds security to the console-standard context
as follows:

-  adds a security constraint to console-standard that requires admin
   role priveleges to access any resource.  The auth method is set to
   BASIC, but it could have just as well been set to any other
   type since console users aren't expected to reference that
   web-app directly from their browsers (except for the DWR servlet,
   but I'll get to that).

-  adds a servlet to console-framework that forwards requests of
   the form /console/dwr/X to /console-standard/dwr/X. By the
   time this servlet is accessed the authorization has been
   established so forwarding the request internally into the
   console-standard context propagates the principal
   across the contexts. (effectively a poor man's version of single
   sign on)

-  adds a security constraint to console-framework that requires
   admin priveleges to access the new servlet described above

-  updates console-framework/project.xml to build the new servlet
   described above

-  adds a filter to the console-standard web-app that intercepts
   requests made to the existing dwr servlet (forwarded via the new
   servlet in mentioned above) and maps the original request
   attributes back into the request.  This is done so that the DWR
   servlet can build self-referrential URLs (which it does by
   querying the attributes of the request) that are routed back
   through the console-framework webapp and are thus authenticated.

-  updates the tomcat and jetty console plans to enable the
   geronimo-properties-realm on the console-standard context

-  updates the Information portlet to route its AJAX/DWR requests
   through the new servlet in console-framework mentioned above

This patch was tested on the 1.0 branch and it applies OK to HEAD
but I had compile problems in the security-builder module (not
caused by this patch) and couldn't test it out.  I will keep trying
to build head and test asap.

Other approaches to address this issue that were investigated and
abandoned :

-  enable the single signon valve in the web container configuration.
   works great but is a server wide setting, which is not desirable.
   There may be some way to scope the valve to a groups of contexts
   but AFAIK this would still require altering the web container's
   configuration to accomodate the admin console, which IMO is not

-  use BASIC authentication instead of FORM authentication.  enables
   authentication to work cross context since both context prompt
   for the geronimo-properties-realm domain which the browser can
   provide across all contexts.  But forces the console to use the
   browser's popup dialog instead of the nice login page, which
   again is not desirable

-  merge console-standard and console-framework into a single webapp.
   I didn't even try this since, architecturally, I wanted to remain
   as close to the "standard" pluto configuration as possible since
   Geronimo may soon upgrade to pluto 1.1 and/or jetspeed 2.0

-  move the DWR servlet into console-framework webapp. This approach
   would be easier to implement and require fewer changes (no new
   servlet or filter). But longer term there will be more AJAX
   enabled functions in the console and creating a classloader
   boundary between the UI code and DWR (or whatever AJAX impl gets
   plugged in) will cause problems.

-  implement a custom realm gbean that allows users that have
   authenticated to one console context to automatically get
   access to the other (unchallenged).  didn't get very far with
   that idea - don't think its possible since there's no access to
   the HTTP requests,context,etc (?)

> Add security to /console-standard
> ---------------------------------
>          Key: GERONIMO-973
>          URL:
>      Project: Geronimo
>         Type: Bug
>   Components: console
>     Versions: 1.0-M5
>     Reporter: Aaron Mulder
>     Assignee: Aaron Mulder
>     Priority: Blocker
>      Fix For: 1.1
>  Attachments: GERONIMO-973.patch
> Currently there are no web app security settings on /console-standard.
> Either security needs to be added to it, or if that proves to be impossible, it needs
to be rolled into a single web app with /console

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