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security-constraint to exclude wsdl

 
Hicham Bahi
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I have a web application built using JAX-WS. I want to secure the application at the tomcat level but I would like to leave the WSDL unsecured because my clients need to be able to get it before calling the services. Is it possible to exclude only the wsdl URL from the security-constraint in web.xml? I tried the following but it doesn't work:



I believe the problem is that the <url-pattern> element does not allow URL parameters (i.e. such as "?wsdl"). If I remove the "?.wsdl" at the end of the URL (e.g. <url-pattern>/services/ACLService</url-pattern>) I can access the service (e.g. /services/ACLService) and the asscociated wsdl but that's not what I want: the service itself should be secured!

I'm afraid that what I'm trying to do is not possible. Can anyone confirm this?

Thanks

Hicham
 
Tim Holloway
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You are correct that parameters are not valid in pattern URLs.

While I am a big proponent of using the JEE container security system, I'm not sure that it's a good fit for web services. One of the problems is that a web services client might not be equipped to handle the login process presented by the container. In particular, I don't know that it's a good fit for RESTful services.

I probably would up the transport guarantee to get SSL/TLS transport, though.
 
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