Sun Java System Access Manager 7 2005Q4 Administration Guide

Policy Advices

If a policy is not applicable as determined by the condition, the condition can produce advice messages that indicates why the policy was not applicable to the request. These advice messages are propagated in the policy decision to the Policy Enforcement Point. The Policy Enforcement Point can retrieve this advice and try to take the appropriate action, such as redirecting the user back to the authentication mechanism to authenticate to a higher level. The user may then be prompted for higher level authentication and may be able to access to the resource, if the policy becomes applicable, after proper action for the advice is taken.

More information can be found in the following class:


Only AuthLevelCondiiton and AuthSchemeCondition provide advices if the condition is not satisfied.

AuthLevelCondition advice is associated with the following key:


AuthSchemeCondition advice is associated with the following key:


Custom conditions can also produce advices. However, the Access Manager Policy Agents respond only for Auth Level Advice and Auth Scheme Advice. Custom agents could be written to understand and respond to more advices and existing Access Manager agents can be extended to understand and respond to more advices. For more information, see the Sun Java System Access Manager Policy Agent 2.2 User’s Guide.