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From Quintin Beukes <>
Subject Re: Login Contexts NOT working
Date Sun, 06 Sep 2009 11:02:47 GMT
I found the same. Take the following setup:

Geronimo is installed in /opt/kms/server/geronimo. It's running from
here where all the EJBs are installed.

When I run the appclient with /opt/kms/server/geronimo/bin/ I
get an error about Derby already being started and it can't get locks
on files.

So I copy the Geronimo directory to /tmp/gclient, and try and run the
client with /opt/gclient/bin/ Then it doesn't load the
correct EJBs. Even though they're configured to authenticate via
localhost:4201 (in the deploy gbean) and even if I use the remote bean

But it's not a big problem. The fact that you have to have the whole
server foot print is not good, because we need webstart support. I
started writing my own appclient and built a small framework for
handling the application's login and InitialContext. It seems to be
working well.

Also, when I use the JAAS method and configure the
OpenejbRemoteLoginModule in the JAAS login configuration, then I don't
login to OpenEJB, and I can't access the InitialContext. I have to use
the following to log into OpenEJB

    p.put(Context.INITIAL_CONTEXT_FACTORY, initialContextFactory);
    p.put(Context.PROVIDER_URL, serverURI.toString());
    p.put("openejb.authentication.realmName", securityRealm);
    p.put(Context.SECURITY_PRINCIPAL, userName);
    p.put(Context.SECURITY_CREDENTIALS, password);

Where initialContextFactory is openEJB's RemoteInitialContext factory.
Doing this I get an exception if the credentials are wrong, and handle
the retries in my application.

I'm not wrapped in the client framework this way, but it's sufficient.
I'm also not using JAAS on the client side, so I'm not sure how I'm
going to integrate GSS at a later time. Though when the time comes
I'll handle it then. It shouldn't be too hard to change the login
mechanism since I wrapped it all inside my own library, which has a
fixed interface. So I should just be able to change the login
mechanisms to JAAS. And since the server side still uses JAAS (it
seems), I should probably just be able to propagate the details to the
client and do the sign on with these details. This would be the first
time I use GSS so I'm not really sure how it works.


On Sun, Sep 6, 2009 at 9:08 AM, David Jencks <> wrote:
> On Sep 5, 2009, at 10:11 AM, Quintin Beukes wrote:
> Hey David,
> Thanks for the response. The community for Geronimo seems very small, so
> it's quite a lonely struggle.
> Either way. I finally got it right about 5 minutes ago, but yet again have
> another problem. This isn't so much as a problem as it is an unreachable
> feature.
> Assume I get the IC as follows:
>     Properties p = new Properties();
>     p.put("java.naming.factory.initial",
> "org.apache.openejb.client.RemoteInitialContextFactory");
>     p.put("java.naming.provider.url", "ejbd://localhost:4201");
>     // user and pass optional
>     p.put("openejb.authentication.realmName", "KMSRealm");
>     p.put("", "quintin");
>     p.put("", "pass");
>     InitialContext ctx = new InitialContext(p);
> I am able to login and have the method authorizations work as intended for
> different users. The problem is that I use JAAS for the login and would like
> to use my own LoginModule. Is there anyway to have the above method use JAAS
> authentication with my own LoginModule?
> I'm not entirely sure what you are asking for.  With what you describe
> above, in the geronimo server you must have set up the KMSRealm
> configuration using whatever login modules you want.  So, you could pop up a
> swing login form in your client app and use those username/credentials to
> get the openejb initial context.
> On the other hand, IIRC, if you use an ee app client with the "automated
> login" when you provide a CallbackHandler, I think you want the client login
> to include pretty much only the OpenejbRemoteLoginModule which will
> communicate to the openejb server and do an equivalent login using the info
> from your callback handler.  Then if you use annotation based dependency
> injection or lookup the ejbs in java:comp/env you won't need to do any
> further login work.
> The last time I looked at ee app clients I couldn't figure out how to put
> the app client on a different machine than the geronimo server.  I didn't
> see code that supported this.  I wouldn't think it would be hard to add if
> it is really missing.
> thanks
> david jencks
> Re. documentation, they are quite hard to find. They document the features
> but it's not always clear that a given document is what you're looking for.
> I sometimes read something and realize that a certain part of it might help
> me. I am, however, documenting my struggles on my blog, so hopefully people
> with similar problems can find an exact explanation on solving it.
> Further I also usually keep wikis for projects I use up to date, and submit
> patches for things I change. So whenever I get all these things working and
> back on track I will be contributing to the project, whether in
> issues/features requests being reported, documentation/source patch
> submissions or wiki updates.
> Q
> On Sat, Sep 5, 2009 at 6:55 PM, David Jencks <> wrote:
>> On Sep 5, 2009, at 8:40 AM, Quintin Beukes wrote:
>>> My oh my this week has given me headaches. I went through hundreds of
>>> lines of code for both geronimo and OpenEJB, and I can't seem to figure out
>>> why this isn't working. From what I've found on the internet it should work
>>> (unless I'm missing something).
>>> OK. So I have this EJB:
>>> @Stateless
>>> @DeclareRoles( { "Admin" })
>>> @RolesAllowed( { "Admin" })
>>> public class TestBean implements TestRemote, TestLocal
>>> {
>>>  @Resource
>>>  private SessionContext sessionCtx;
>>>  public String getInfo()
>>>  {
>>>    Principal p = sessionCtx.getCallerPrincipal();
>>>    StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();
>>>    sb.append("\n").append("Principal: " + p.getName() + " - type: " +
>>> p.getClass().getCanonicalName());
>>>    return sb.toString();
>>>  }
>>> }
>>> getInfo() is a Remote method.
>>> Then it's deploy plan contains:
>>>   <security doas-current-called="true" default-role="Admin">
>>>   </security>
>>> And I do a remote lookup as follows:
>>>    Properties p = new Properties();
>>>    p.put("java.naming.factory.initial",
>>> "org.apache.openejb.client.RemoteInitialContextFactory");
>>>    p.put("java.naming.provider.url", "ejbd://localhost:4201");
>>>    // user and pass optional
>>>    p.put("openejb.authentication.realmName", "KMSRealm");
>>>    p.put("", "quintin");
>>>    p.put("", "pass");
>>>    InitialContext ctx = new InitialContext(p);
>>>    TestRemote myBean = (TestRemote) ctx.lookup("TestBeanRemote");
>>>    String info = myBean.getInfo();
>>> When I run the code I get an: Exception in thread "main"
>>> javax.ejb.EJBAccessException: Unauthorized Access by Principal Denied
>>> So, I remove the security definitions from the EJB and it's deploy plan,
>>> the method executes, and the Principal it returns is
>>> UnauthenticatedPrincipal.
>>> KMSRealm is a server wide SQLLoginModule realm defined in the geronimo
>>> console. I know the login works, because changing the InitialContext
>>> credentials causes the login to fail. So all this works.
>>> I am basically trying to login via EJB, and then be able to do two things
>>> (1) define authorizations on the EJBs/methods (2) Retrieve the
>>> Subject/Principal. Both of these are very important.
>> You need to map the prinicpal from the login module to the roles in your
>> app, in your <security> element.  Can you show what you have for this?
>>> I've also tried replacing my <security> element in the deploy plan to
>>> this:
>>>   <security>
>>>      <default-subject>
>>>         <realm>KMSRealm</realm>
>>>         <id>quintin</id>
>>>      </default-subject>>
>>>   </security>
>> If you use something like this you also need to set up a credential store
>> that will log into your realm to get the Subject you are trying to specify
>> here.
>>> But then I get the following when deploying:
>>>    Error: Operation failed: start of kms/KMSPlatform-ejb/1.0/jar failed
>>>            Unknown start exception
>>>            Configuration kms/KMSPlatform-ejb/1.0/jar failed to start due
>>> to
>>>    the following reasons:
>>>      The service
>>>  EJBModule=kms/KMSPlatform-ejb/1.0/jar,J2EEApplication=null,j2eeType=StatelessSessionBean,name=PersonnelBean
>>>    did not start because
>>>  kms/KMSPlatform-ejb/1.0/jar?EJBModule=kms/KMSPlatform-ejb/1.0/jar,J2EEApplication=null,j2eeType=JACCManager,name=JACCManager
>>>    did not start.
>>>      The service
>>>  EJBModule=kms/KMSPlatform-ejb/1.0/jar,J2EEApplication=null,j2eeType=StatelessSessionBean,name=TestBean
>>>    did not start because
>>>  kms/KMSPlatform-ejb/1.0/jar?EJBModule=kms/KMSPlatform-ejb/1.0/jar,J2EEApplication=null,j2eeType=JACCManager,name=JACCManager
>>>    did not start.
>>>      The service
>>>  EJBModule=kms/KMSPlatform-ejb/1.0/jar,J2EEApplication=null,j2eeType=JACCManager,name=JACCManager
>>>    did not start because Unknown realm: KMSRealm
>>> I am up to my head in frustration. I gave Geronimo a try on a redev of a
>>> project, but what took me about half a day to setup on Glassfish has now
>>> taken me a week. Can anyone please help me out, because I really want to
>>> have Geronimo's benefits in my applications.
>> i have to run now, if these hints don't get you farther let us know and
>> I'll try to be more detailed.  I think there is some documentation at least
>> in the 2.2 docs for both of these.  If they are hard to find and you can
>> think of better ways to get to them please let us know.
>> thanks
>> david jencks
>>> --
>>> Quintin Beukes
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