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From Brad O'Hearne <br...@neurofire.com>
Subject Re: Is it even possible to retrieve a custom user principal? (Was: Tomcat user principal)
Date Mon, 17 Oct 2005 22:06:28 GMT
Mark,

Thanks a ton for the reply. I almost want to reply with "you're kidding, 
right?", as I am kind of speechless that using JAAS (which I am), the 
Java platform's standard authentication/authorization API, doesn't allow 
one to use a custom principal. It seems like a major hole in Tomcat 
security flexibility. I suppose I'll float on over the developer list to 
find out more about whether this is a planned change or not, and how 
much trouble it would be to add it.

As for your workaround, where can I set the session? My JAAS login 
module doesn't have access to the session, I don't believe, which is 
where my user principal is created. If I had my principal in the 
session, then the default isUserInRole() should work as is, I'll just 
retrieve my custom user principal out of the session for other custom data.

Mark, where can I add my user principal to the session?

Brad

Mark Benussi wrote:

>If you're implementing JAAS... no. No idea about the rest. Its not supported
>in Tomcat (But should be). Stick it in the session, and then you have to
>override the Tomcat HttpRequestProcessor (isUserInRole()) to get your
>Principal out of the session and call the validation.
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Brad O'Hearne [mailto:brado@neurofire.com] 
>Sent: 17 October 2005 22:25
>To: Brad O'Hearne
>Cc: Tomcat Users List
>Subject: Is it even possible to retrieve a custom user principal? (Was:
>Tomcat user principal)
>
>Hello,
>
>As this has become a bit of a roadblock in implementing security, I'd 
>like to ask anyone out there two things:
>
>1) Is it even possible to use a custom user princpal within a realm that 
>is retrievable within a servlet (via presumably the request or 
>otherwise) in Tomcat?
>
>2) If the answer to #1 is yes, how is this done? Does anyone have a 
>working code snippet that demonstrates this?
>
>Thanks, I'm about to head to the developer list to ask this question, as 
>its pretty crucial for our security implementation.
>
>Brad
>
>Brad O'Hearne wrote:
>
>  
>
>>Response below:
>>
>>Wendy Smoak wrote:
>>
>>    
>>
>>>From: "Brad O'Hearne" <brado@neurofire.com>
>>>
>>>      
>>>
>>>>I would have expected that designation of the user class name would 
>>>>have resulted in my being returned the class I specified for the 
>>>>user class name from the requestion.getUserPrincpal() method, but it 
>>>>doesn't.
>>>>        
>>>>
>>>
>>>What version of Tomcat are you using?  As far as I know, it works the 
>>>way you want on 5.0.28.  I remember trying it with and without the 
>>>class name, and writing that comment to remind myself.
>>>
>>>Could this be it?  
>>>http://issues.apache.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=37044
>>>
>>>      
>>>
>>I am using 5.0.28, and I'm not seeing the expected behavior. 
>>Hmmm.....was there anything else that has to be done to be able to 
>>access your own custom user principal?
>>
>>Brad
>>
>>    
>>
>
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