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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"
appName="securitytest"
userClassNames="com.genuvation.commons.security.User"
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;

if(null!=value){

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);

if(password.getPassword()!=null)

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:

<security-constraint>

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

<web-resource-collection>

<url-pattern>/*</url-pattern>

</web-resource-collection>

<auth-constraint>

<role-name>role1</role-name>

</auth-constraint>

</security-constraint>

<login-config>

<auth-method>BASIC</auth-method>

<realm-name>authenticator-realm</realm-name>

</login-config>

<security-role>

<role-name>role1</role-name>

</security-role>

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.

Thanks.

-Andy Basu

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