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  • September 19, 2014

JASPIC improvements in WebLogic 12.1.3 Arjan Tijms

Juergen Kress
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Yesterday WebLogic 12.1.3 was finally released. First of all congratulations to the team at Oracle for getting this release out of the door! :)
Among the big news is that WebLogic 12.1.3 is now a mixed Java EE 6/EE 7 server by (optionally) supporting several Java EE 7 technologies like JAX-RS 2.0.


Next to this there are a ton of smaller changes and fixes as well. One of those fixes concerns the standard authentication system of Java EE (JASPIC). As we saw some time back, the JASPIC implementation in WebLogic 12.1.1 and 12.1.2 wasn't entirely optimal (to WebLogic's defense, very few JASPIC implementations were at the time).
One particular problem with JASPIC is that it almost can't be any different than that its TCK is rather incomplete; implementations that don't actually authenticate or which are missing the most basic functionality got certified in the past. For this purpose I have created a small set of tests that checks for the most basic capabilities. Note that these tests have since been contributed to Arun Gupta's Java EE 7 samples project, and have additionally been extended. Since those tests have Java EE 7 as a baseline requirement we unfortunately can't use them directly to test WebLogic 12.1.3.
For WebLogic 12.1.2 we saw the following results for the original Java EE 6 tests: Read the complete article here.

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