I want to programmatically do the above in java, how would I do it: I enter a webpage in my browser, lets say http://localhost/contextRoot/secureResource AppServer sees that I'm not authenticated, so it saves off my session, and redirects me to the login.jsp( FORM based authenication ). Then I type in username/password and I get the original page. I understand all this, but how does it work programmatically. This is what I have in my code thus far. I get a URL for the original page, I get the cookie( session information ). It returns back the login.jsp page. (Stumped at this point.) What I am trying to do at this point is create a URL http://localhost/contextRoot/j_security_root, and setting the requestAtrribute( "cookie", "cookie from before" ); But its not returning the right page??? Some ideas or example code as to how to do it would be great.
Brian, If I understand you correctly, here is what you want to do: 1) You encounter a page that requires user authentication, so your code checks the session to see if the user has authenticated... Boolean loggedIn = (Boolean)session.getAttribute("loggedIn"); The user has not logged in, so your page stores its URL in the session... session.setAttribute("page", "my_page.jsp"); ...and forwards the request to the login page. requestDispatcher.forward(req, res); 2) Now the login page receives a request so it displays a login form. The end user submits his login info; it is posted to the LoginServlet. 3) LoginServlet receives the login info and matches it against a database of username and passwords. The user has now authenticated successfully, so the LoginServlet wants to return him to the page he originally requested (my_page.jsp). So, LoginServlet accesses the session... String redirect = (String)session.getAttribute("page"); ...and redirects the end user to that page. rd = getServletContext().getRequestDispatcher(redirect); rd.forward(req,res); 4) Now the user is back at the page he started on and this time he is allowed to view the page because he has successfully logged in Hope that helps!
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