Hi all,
I have been trying to use a custom JAASRealm loginmodule in my code and running into exception or 403 access denied error message. I have searched for an answer in the Tomcat FAQ, on the net using general google search, searched the bugs list. But did not get an exact answer to the problem I am facing.
Here is the details of the configuration and code I have setup on a tomcat 6.0.18 running on a Windows machine.

Tomcat 6.0.18 is running on a windows box. The following realm configuration is inside the 'Engine' element of the server.xml:

<Realm className="org.apache.catalina.realm.JAASRealm"
roleClassNames="com.genuvation.commons.security.Role" debug="99" />

Here is my jaas.config which is in the %CATALINA_HOME%/conf directory:

securitytest {
com.genuvation.commons.security.MyLoginModule required debug=true;

This jaas.config file is specified in the %CATALINA_HOME%/bin/catalina.bat file as part of JAVA_OPT:

set JAVA_OPTS=%JAVA_OPTS% -Djava.security.auth.login.config=%CATALINA_HOME%\conf\jaas.config

Here is the source code for a custom loginmodule. This code is part of a common.jar class which has been compiled and placed as in the %CATALINA_HOME%/lib

public class MyLoginModule implements LoginModule {

private Subject subject;

private CallbackHandler callbackHandler;

private String password;

private String name;

public boolean abort() throws LoginException {

return true;


public boolean commit() throws LoginException {

subject.getPrincipals().add(new User(name));

subject.getPrincipals().add(new Role("role1"));

System.out.println("The commit method succeeded in the loginmodule returning true");


return true;


private boolean isBlank(String value){

boolean bRet = true;


bRet = (value.trim()).isEmpty();


return bRet;


public void initialize(Subject subject, CallbackHandler callbackHandler,

Map<String, ?> sharedState, Map<String, ?> options) {

this.subject = subject;

this.callbackHandler = callbackHandler;


public boolean login() throws LoginException {

NameCallback name = new NameCallback("User name");

PasswordCallback password = new PasswordCallback("Password", false);

try {

this.callbackHandler.handle(new Callback[] { name, password });

this.name = name.getName();

System.out.println("The name is" + this.name);


this.password = new String(password.getPassword());

if (isBlank(this.name)) {

throw new CredentialNotFoundException("User name is required");


if (isBlank(this.password)) {

throw new CredentialNotFoundException("Password is required");


return true ;

} catch (Exception e) {

throw new LoginException(e.getMessage());


System.out.println("The login method succeeded in the loginmodule returning true");

return true;


public boolean logout() throws LoginException {

return true;



The following is the web.xm file security section:


<display-name>Example Security Constraint</display-name>















When I run the tomcat instance with my web-app tbiservices.war file in the %CATALINA_HOME%/webapp directory and all the configuration in place and I hit the URL for the servlet, I get a browser dialog box popped up for Username and password as expected. When I put in any user-id, password in the box and hit ok, the page redirects to a "403 Access Denied" page without any message in the log. I can see that the loginmodule was hit, as the few system.out.println messages show up in the log. I tried, moving the JAASRealm to the web-app meta-inf/context.xml and setting contextclassloader = true in the realm did not work. moving the loginmodule containing common jar down to the webapp web-inf generates and exception that the loginmodule was not found. My question is, how can I make it work? Or is there a bug? It should just pop-up the dialog box and for any pair of user-password succeed and direct us to the resource. Please advise, or point to any appropriate bug/document etc. I can not make any progress without some more pointers.


-Andy Basu

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