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wildcard for tomcat-users.xml users

Jaime Acosta
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Joined: Nov 24, 2010
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Hello,

I'm curious if it's possible to make some kind of modification to the tomcat-users.xml file that would allow me to provide a generic password for all users of a specific role. For example, instead of creating a new user record for every user with rold="client,user", i'd like to just have one user record for that role.

Essentially, i want to do something to the effect of this:


instead of creating something like this:


Any direction you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

thanks!
Bear Bibeault
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I wouldn't use tomcat-users.xml for general user management for web apps. Just for access to the manager app and so on for admins.


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Jaime Acosta
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Joined: Nov 24, 2010
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Hello Bear,

thanks for the quick response!

yes, in production, we authenticate against a database (i am unfortunately not too familiar with our authentication process), but to avoid having to know the user's password to look at a user's production data, we circumvent that authentication and just supply the user's username and a dummy password in tomcat-users.xml

I was thinking of the possibility of creating a stripped down version of our production application that basically did this circumvention, but didn't require us to add a user's username everytime we wanted to see their account. That is essentially why i wanted to know if there was a way to use a wildcard in the tomcat-users file.

Is this not possible?
Bear Bibeault
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It is not.
Jaime Acosta
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that's disappointing ;*(

I guess I'll have to start trying to figure out how the authentication works instead...

thank you very much your help
 
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