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From Andrew R Jaquith <>
Subject Re: Problem with custom Authorizers under JSPWiki 2.8.0
Date Mon, 19 Jan 2009 17:10:26 GMT
Steve --

Sorry for the delay in my reply. The end-of-year and holiday have  
meant that I haven't been able to do as much work on JSPWiki in the  
last few weeks.

Looking a bit into the code, in 2.8, it turns out that the code that  
looks for container roles moved to WebContainerLoginModule. It calls  
isUserInRole( HttpServletRequest, Principal ), and not the WikiSesson  
version. That explains why your roles aren't being added to the user's  
Principal list. Thus, in the short term, you need to implement  
WebAuthorizer in order to make your Authorizer work.

That said, I recognize that the technique we use in 2.8 is causing  
your custom Authorizer to fail, and as such I'd have to call it a bug.  
Implementing Authorizer should have been sufficient, you should not  
have to implement WebAuthorizer.

We would have caught this if we had a unit test for custom  
authorizers, but we don't. I will fix this -- both the bug, and lack  
of tests for custom authorizers -- in the next maintenance release of  
2.8. I hope to have the fix in the 2.8 trunk into the next week or two.

In the meantime, I'd like to enlist your help in the fix. Once I get a  
fix committed, could you test it out with your Authorizer?


On Dec 22, 2008, at 3:54 PM, Steve Dahl wrote:

> Steve Dahl wrote:
>> Under JSPWiki 2.6.4, we've replaced WebContainerAuthorizer with an  
>> LDAPAuthorizer which implements JSPWiki roles in terms of LDAP  
>> groups.
>> When I compile this for JSPWiki 2.8.0, and modify the  
>> file to use it, our custom LDAPAuthorizer gets  
>> initialized, and is sent findRole(), but it never seems to get sent  
>> isUserInRole().
>> If it's useful information, LDAPAuthorizer implements Authorizer  
>> (not WebAuthorizer), and it implements isUserInRole() with this  
>> signature:
>>> public boolean isUserInRole( WikiSession session, Principal role )
>> Is there anything that has changed in Authorizers between 2.6.4 and  
>> 2.8.0 that might explain this?
> Looking deeper, it seems that in JSPWiki 2.6.X, WikiSession  
> implemented injectRolePrincipals(), which initialized the session  
> with whatever groups and roles the user belongs to. Groups are read  
> from the group database, and Roles are read from the Authorizer.
> In JSPWiki 2.8.X, injectRolePrincipals() has been replaced by  
> injectGroupPrincipals(), which reads groups from the group database  
> but doesn't use the Authorizer. What is the Authorizer used for now?
> As a side note, I originally implemented LDAPAuthorizer as  
> LDAPGroupDatabase. I ended up rejecting this approach because  
> GroupManager assumes that the members of a Group can be read once  
> when the Wiki is started, and that the Group's membership will only  
> be modified by the Wiki. The problem with LDAP is that the group  
> membership can be modified from outside, and the only way to update  
> the wiki would be to manually restart it. The Authorizer was a  
> better solution for our purposes, because if a user was added to the  
> LDAP group, the Authorizer would reflect that change as soon as the  
> user logged out and back in. Restarting the wiki is not necessary.

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