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From "Rahul Mehta (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (GERONIMO-4642) "WS-Security support for JAX-WS Web Services"
Date Thu, 21 May 2009 15:57:45 GMT
"WS-Security support for JAX-WS Web Services"

                 Key: GERONIMO-4642
             Project: Geronimo
          Issue Type: New Feature
      Security Level: public (Regular issues)
          Components: webservices
         Environment: Apache Geronimo, Apache CXF, Apache Axis2, Ws-Security, Web Services,
Java, Linux
            Reporter: Rahul Mehta
            Priority: Minor

To integrate and enable the WS-Security features of Apache Axis2 and Apache CXF in Apache

Apache Geronimo supports two JAX-WS providers: Axis2 and CXF and both of these libraries have
some WS-Security features. But these features are not integrated/enabled in Geronimo. So the
goal is to enable these features from within Geronimo. That involves basically two things:

1) that the modules (i.e. WSS4J) that provide the WS-Security features for Axis2 and CXF are
installed with Geronimo, and

2) that the WS-Security features such as [XML Security ('XML Signature' - allows one to send
along with the message a digital signature of it, which assures that no one modified the message
content between the sender and receiver, 'XML Encryption' -allows one to encrypt the message
body or only its part using the given cryptography algorithm) and Tokens ('Username Tokens'
- WS-Security scenario adds username and password values to the message header, 'Timestamps'
- Timestamps specify how long the security data remains valid, 'SAML Tokens')] can be enabled
and configured on web services via Geronimo deployment descriptors and/or annotations. For
example, given some web service that is annotated with @WebService; so to ensure that the
service only accepts WS-Security -secured messages, it should be something like "to add @WS-Security

Further in detail, we can consider WS-Security policies which can be applied to the SOAP messages
that pass between web services and web service controls. A WS-Security is controlled in WS-Security
policy files. The WS-Security policy file (WSSE file) defines the security policy applied
to the SOAP messages that pass between web services and their clients.[1]

So we can use something like following annotation @WS-Security file="MyWebServicePolicy.wsse"
Example: @WebService @WS-Security file="MyWebServicePolicy.wsse"

public class xyz

The @WS-Security annotation determines the WS-Security policy file (WSSE) to be applied to
(1) incoming SOAP invocations of the web service's methods and (2) the outgoing SOAP messages
containing the value returned by the web service's methods.[1]. The attribute file in the
above mentioned annotation specifies the path to the WS-Security policy file (WSSE file -
MyWebServicePolicy.wsse) used by the web service.

Besides configuring WS-Security properties for web services we also need to configure the
same sort of properties for Web Service references (@WebServiceRef) so that clients can also
make WS-Security secured calls.

In addition, I think we can also define some security feature something like SecurityFeature
similar to other WebService Feature(s) such as AddressingFeature, MTOMFeature and RespectBindingFeature
. This new feature can also have the "enabled property" like other features that is used to
store whether a particular feature should be enabled or disabled. This type should provide
either a constructor argument and/or a method that will allow the web service developer to
set the enabled property. The meaning of enabled or disabled is determined by each individual
WebServiceFeature. It is important that web services developers be able to enable/disable
specific features when writing their web applications. [2] 


[1] [WWW]

[2] [WWW] 

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