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From "Jukka Zitting (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (JCR-351) Default to superuser access when JAAS is not configured
Date Mon, 13 Mar 2006 13:45:39 GMT
Default to superuser access when JAAS is not configured

         Key: JCR-351
         URL: http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/JCR-351
     Project: Jackrabbit
        Type: Improvement
  Components: security  
    Versions: 0.9    
    Reporter: Jukka Zitting
    Priority: Minor

Even though JCR-348 made easier to start a Jackrabbit repository with default configuration,
the user still needs to take care of the JAAS configuration. It would be more user-friendly
to log a warning and default to superuser access rather than throwing a LoginException when
JAAS has not been configured. This behaviour should be limited to only default credential
logins (Session.login() with null Credentials) and it should be possible to disable it with
a configuration option. We could even have this behaviour disabled by default, but enabled
in the configuration file used with the JCR-348 automatic configuration.

This is a case against the "secure by default" design principle, but I think that in this
case the benefits in easier setup outweight the security drawbacks, especially if coupled
with the above restrictions and a clear documentation note about the insecure default.

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