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About WS-Security UserName Token Profile Support
Siebel Business Applications support the WS-Security's UserName Token mechanism, which allows for the sending and receiving of user credentials in a standards-compliant manner. The UserName token is a mechanism for providing credentials to a Web Service where the credentials consist of the UserName and Password. The password must be passed in clear text. The UserName token mechanism provides a Web Service with the ability to operate without having the username and password in its URL or having to pass a session cookie with the HTTP request.
The following is a sample of the UserName token showing the username and password:
About Support for the UserName Token Mechanism
Support for the UserName Token mechanism includes the following:
- Allows an inbound SOAP request to contain user credentials that can be provided to the inbound SOAP dispatcher to perform the necessary authentication
- Allows an inbound SOAP dispatcher to perform the necessary authentication on an inbound SOAP request that contains user credentials
- Allows an outbound SOAP request to contain user credentials that can be utilized by the external application
The following is an example of passing the user name and password by way of a URL:
With UserName tokens, the URL does not reveal the user credentials:
NOTE: Using WS-Security is optional. If security is of the utmost importance, and if it is critical that the password not be provided in clear text, use HTTPS.
About Using the UserName Token for Inbound Web Services
The Inbound Web Services view provides an interface for associating operations with authentication types. The names of the operations need to be globally unique. The applet shown in Figure 27 can be defined as requiring no authentication, or requiring a UserName Token with username and password provided in clear text.
Figure 27. Inbound Web Services View and the UserName Token
NOTE: No authentication type implies that the user credentials are in the URL.
About Using the UserName Token for Outbound Web Services
Each Web Service operation in the Outbound Web Services list applet may be tied to an authentication type by selecting from the Authentication Type picklist (see Figure 28) in the Operations picklist, in the following applet.
Figure 28. Outbound Web Services List Applet and the Operations PickList