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I am trying to implement form-based authentication in a JBOSS 3.2.3/ Embedded Tomcat/ Firebird database environment. I have tested that I can login into Firebird using isql for the user id/ password combination that I have. It seems to go past any jdbc connection errors (no stack/ failures). However, Tomcat chokes with a "HTTP Status 403 - Access to the requested resource has been denied" message.
My login-config.xml has the following entries:
<login-module code="org.jboss.security.auth.spi.DatabaseServerLoginModule"
<module-option name="dsJndiName">java:/IAL-AUTH-DS</module-option>
<module-option name="principalsQuery">select pr_password from principals where principal_id=?</module-option>
<module-option name="rolesQuery">select user_role, role_group from roles where principal_id=?</module-option>
My firebird..-xa-ds.xml has

<adapter-display-name>Firebird Database Connector</adapter-display-name>
<config-property name="Database" type="java.lang.String">localhost/3050:/home2/niprdev/db/niprdev_auth.GDB</config-property>
<!--additional properties. only use one way of setting tx isolation, please
<config-property name="TransactionIsolation"></config-property>
<config-property name="TransactionIsolationName">TRANSACTION_READ_COMMITTED</config-property>
<config-property name="BlobBufferLength"></config-property>
<config-property name="Encoding">UNICODE_FSS</config-property>
My web.xml has:
<description>Declarative security</description>
<description>No descrp</description>


My jboss-web.xml defines the application security domain JNDI namespace as:
<!-- Uncomment this element to add security for the application -->

I cant see why it does not connect completely. There is no JDBC error thrown.
Any suggestions? Help!
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