The Java EE 6 Tutorial, Volume I

Using Programmatic Security

Programmatic security is embedded in an application and is used to make security decisions. Programmatic security is useful when declarative security alone is not sufficient to express the security model of an application. The API for programmatic security consists of two methods of the EJBContext interface and six methods of the servlet HttpServletRequest interface. These methods allow components to make business logic decisions based on the security role of the caller or remote user.

Programmatic security is discussed in more detail in the following sections: