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Question for Christopher Steel and Ramesh Nagappan

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I am new to the J2EE side of this question may seem simple. Where in J2EE is there a package that does AUTHENTICATION? If I understand correctly J2EE has packages for AUTHORIZATION. Does your book cover how to do AUTHENTICATION?

Thanks for your Time.

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As a mandatory requirement...All J2EE Application Server vendors are required to provide support Container-based security that inclde several authentication mechanisms....such as HTTP BASIC, FORM-BASED, MUTUAL (Client-certificate), HTTP Digest. These are standard authentication services and it is the vendor repsonsibility to make it available as a J2EE service. It is a developer resposibility to incorporate the mechanisms in J2EE apps...."Declaratively" using your deployment descriptors. In case of FORM-BASED you need to create a Login Page.

For custom authentication..the standards approach is using JAAS.

Refer to Chapter 5 of our know more about the mechanisms, how and when to implement them.

[ January 11, 2006: Message edited by: Ramesh Nagappan ]
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