javax.resource.spi.security
Interface GenericCredential


public interface GenericCredential

The interface javax.resource.spi.security.GenericCredential defines a security mechanism independent interface for accessing security credential of a resource principal.

The GenericCredential interface provides a Java wrapper over an underlying mechanism specific representation of a security credential. For example, the GenericCredential interface can be used to wrap Kerberos credentials.

The connector architecture does not define any standard format and requirements for security mechanism specific credentials. For example, a security credential wrapped by a GenericCredential interface can have a native representation specific to an operating system.

The GenericCredential interface enables a resource adapter to extract information about a security credential. The resource adapter can then manage EIS sign-on for a resource principal by either:

Since:
0.7
See Also:
Subject, Principal

Method Summary
 boolean equals(java.lang.Object another)
          Tests if this GenericCredential instance refers to the same entity as the supplied object.
 byte[] getCredentialData()
          Gets security data for a specific security mechanism represented by the GenericCredential.
 java.lang.String getMechType()
          Returns the mechanism type for the GenericCredential instance.
 java.lang.String getName()
          Returns the name of the resource principal associated with a GenericCredential instance.
 int hashCode()
          Returns the hash code for this GenericCredential
 

Method Detail

getName

public java.lang.String getName()
Returns the name of the resource principal associated with a GenericCredential instance.
Returns:
Name of the principal

getMechType

public java.lang.String getMechType()
Returns the mechanism type for the GenericCredential instance. The mechanism type definition for GenericCredential should be consistent with the Object Identifier (OID) based representation specified in the GSS specification. In the GenericCredential interface, the mechanism type is returned as a stringified representation of the OID specification.
Returns:
mechanisn type

getCredentialData

public byte[] getCredentialData()
                         throws SecurityException
Gets security data for a specific security mechanism represented by the GenericCredential. An example is authentication data required for establishing a secure association with an EIS instance on behalf of the associated resource principal.

The getCredentialData method returns the credential representation as an array of bytes. Note that the connector architecture does not define any standard format for the returned credential data.

Returns:
credential representation as an array of bytes.
Throws:
SecurityException - Failed operation due to security related error condition

equals

public boolean equals(java.lang.Object another)
Tests if this GenericCredential instance refers to the same entity as the supplied object. The two credentials must be acquired over the same mechanisms and must refer to the same principal. Returns true if the two GenericCredentials refer to the same entity; false otherwise.
Overrides:
equals in class java.lang.Object

hashCode

public int hashCode()
Returns the hash code for this GenericCredential
Overrides:
hashCode in class java.lang.Object
Returns:
hash code for this GenericCredential