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From "Jimmy Xiang (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Updated] (HBASE-5050) [rest] SPNEGO-based authentication
Date Mon, 03 Jun 2013 19:00:22 GMT

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Jimmy Xiang updated HBASE-5050:
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    Release Note: A new configuration "hbase.rest.authentication" is added to enable authentication.
Currently, only "kerberos" is supported.  You also need to specify the SPNEGO principal with
configuration "hbase.rest.kerberos.spnego.principal".  The keytab configured with "hbase.rest.keytab.file"
should have a key for this SPNEGO principal besides the REST server principal.
          Status: Patch Available  (was: Open)

This patch does authentication only.  The authenticated user is NOT the user used to make
HBase requests. The pre-configured user is still used instead.

I tested it on my local box.  If a user is not authenticated, s/he will get 401 error.
                
> [rest] SPNEGO-based authentication
> ----------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HBASE-5050
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-5050
>             Project: HBase
>          Issue Type: Sub-task
>          Components: REST, security
>            Reporter: Andrew Purtell
>            Assignee: Jimmy Xiang
>         Attachments: trunk-5050.patch
>
>
> Currently the REST gateway can authenticate to a HBase cluster using a preconfigured
principal. This provides a limited form of secure operation where one or more gateways can
be deployed with distinct principals granting appropriate levels of privilege, but the service
ports must be protected through network ACLs. This is at best a stopgap.
> SPNEGO is the standard mechanism for Kerberos authentication over HTTP. Enhance the REST
gateway such that it provides this option, and issues requests to the HBase cluster with the
established context.

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