I'm reading Head First Servlets and JSP and I'm confused about security. On page 634 it discusses using <http-method> in the DD. According to the errata, the following should be true:
" If there are NO <http-method> elements, in the <web-resource-collection>, it would mean that ALL HTTP Methods are allowed."
However, this contradicts what's mentioned on 635, which says:
"If you do NOT specify any <http-method>, then you're constraining all HTTP methods."
So, which one is it?
Joined: Aug 16, 2004
There was a nice discussion on this topic about a month ago on this forum. But I still remeber the FINAL WORD of that discussion.
The web-resource-collectionType is used to identify a subset of the resources and HTTP methods on those resources within a web application to which a security constraint applies. If no HTTP methods are specified, then the security constraint applies to all HTTP methods.
This quote is from the page 133 of the servlet 2.4 specification. Under the Deployment Descriptor bokkmark.
CONCLUSION: If you do not specify any <http-method> then all methods are constrained.