In situations where only a small portion of the deployed application requires protection, you can configure the agent to do just that by inverting the not-enforced list. This results in the agent enforcing access control over the entries that are specified in the not-enforced list and allowing access to all other resources on the system. This feature is controlled by the following property:
When you set the value to true for this property, it makes the entries specified in the not-enforced list as enforced entries and the rest of the application resources are treated as not-enforced.
When the not-enforced list is inverted, the number of resources for which the agent will not enforce access control is potentially very large. The use of this feature should therefore be used with extreme caution and only after extensive evaluation of the security requirements of the deployed applications.
When an Access Denied URI is specified, it is never enforced by the agent regardless of the configuration of the not-enforced list. This is necessary to ensure that the agent can use the Access Denied URI to block any unauthorized access for protected system resources.
When configuring access denied URIs within the deployment descriptor of the web application, you must ensure that these values are added to the not-enforced list of the agent. Failing to do so can result in application resources becoming inaccessible by the user.
Any resource that has been added to the not-enforced list must not access any protected resource. If it does so, it can result in unauthorized access to protected system resources. For example, if a servlet that has been added to the not-enforced list, in turn sends the request to another servlet, which is protected, it can potentially lead to unauthorized access to the protected servlet.