I need to write a webService with authentication. Namely: client applications must supply username + password ( which will be checked against our LDAP server ).
I'm new to this, so I'd appreciated it if someone could tell: how should my clients supply the password ? - Is it customary to supply the username+password through standard HTTP headers (say, 'basic authentication') ? - Or, is it handled by the webServices/security spec ? Does the < soap:Envelope > message structure keep a dedicated tag for user/password info ? Something like:
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