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From "Jukka Zitting (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Resolved: (JCR-351) Default to anonymous access when no Credentials are given
Date Thu, 16 Mar 2006 19:00:47 GMT
     [ http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/JCR-351?page=all ]
Jukka Zitting resolved JCR-351:

    Fix Version: 1.0
     Resolution: Fixed

Patch committed in revision 386415. Merged in the 1.0 branch in revision 386416.

> Default to anonymous access when no Credentials are given
> ---------------------------------------------------------
>          Key: JCR-351
>          URL: http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/JCR-351
>      Project: Jackrabbit
>         Type: Improvement
>   Components: security
>     Versions: 0.9
>     Reporter: Jukka Zitting
>     Assignee: Jukka Zitting
>     Priority: Minor
>      Fix For: 1.0
>  Attachments: null-credentials.patch
> 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.
> [Update: As mentioned by Stefan, this is  not a JAAS configuration issue but a problem
in handling null Credentials. A more proper alternative for superuser access would be to default
to anonymous access when credentials are not given.]

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