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From "Rahul Mehta (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Updated: (GERONIMO-4642) "WS-Security support for JAX-WS Web Services"
Date Mon, 06 Jul 2009 18:49:15 GMT


Rahul Mehta updated GERONIMO-4642:

    Attachment: usernameToken.patch

Hello Devs,

This patch provides the UsernameToken security to the web service client (for CXF).
Now user just needs to specify the username token properties in the geronimo-web.xml to access
the secure web service, as following:





Below is the example of SOAP header (traced by the tcpmonitor),  with the UsernameToken property


<soap:Envelope xmlns:soap=""><soap:Header><wsse:Security
soap:mustUnderstand="1"><wsse:UsernameToken xmlns:wsse=""
wsu:Id="UsernameToken-739746"><wsse:Username xmlns:wsse="">username</wsse:Username><wsse:Password


<soap:Envelope xmlns:soap=""><soap:Body><ns2:sayHiResponse
xmlns:ns2="http://service.web/"><return>Hello Rahul</return></ns2:sayHiResponse></soap:Body></soap:Envelope>

Now, I am working on setting the username token security for the server side and X.509 certificate.

Many Thanks to Jarek for his constant help and all devs for the prompt reply.


> "WS-Security support for JAX-WS Web Services"
> ---------------------------------------------
>                 Key: GERONIMO-4642
>                 URL:
>             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
>         Attachments: site.patch, usernameToken.patch
>   Original Estimate: 2016h
>  Remaining Estimate: 2016h
> 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
> 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] 
> References:
> [1] [WWW]
> [2] [WWW] 

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