Sunday Sep 03, 2006

OpenSSO Web Agents and SJS AS 8.2

Logo for Open SSO

After a slow start, the Open SSO project is showing it is Really Alive and it just released a number of Web Agents. These agents provide Authentication and Authorization for different App Servers and Web Servers. Dennis reports support for SJS AS 8.2; I'll confirm the same for SJS AS 9.0 / GlassFish.

More details at Dennis' blog, the home and FAQ pages, and the Project Announcements. I expect the end-result of this and Related Efforts will be software that is more useful to the community, is easier to install and use, is more available, and it is packaged in a way that can be reused and recombined.

Friday Jun 09, 2006

JDBCRealm and GlassFish v2

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Tomcat's JDBCRealm is used to provide authentication and authorization against a database. Since it is commonly used and it was lacking in GlassFish, JeanBaptiste submitted an intial code patch to do this; unfortunately, due to time constraints, this did not make it into GF v1 and this prompted Edson Richter to try it on his own. Using a Blog by Petr he has written another JDBCRealm implementation that has gained visibility very recently (JaxMag, TSS).

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the original submission was worked on by Shing Wai and others which lead to yet another JDBCRealm, this one as a putback into the GF v2 trunk. Please check this latest implementation to be sure it does what you need; you can read about it in Shing Wai's Blog. Note that one of the differences between the two implementations is that Edson's was designed to use exactly the same configuration as Tomcat's while Shing Wai's does not. You can provide feedback at Shing Wai's blog or in this thread in the USERS mailing list.

This feature should show in the next GF v2 build (b07).