The Java EE 5 Tutorial

Adding Authorized Roles and Users

To authenticate a user and allow that user access to protected resources on the Application Server, you must link the roles defined in the application to the users defined for the Application Server.

When an application is deployed, the application-specific security roles are mapped to security identities in the runtime environment, such as principals (identities assigned to users as a result of authentication) or groups. Based on this mapping, a user who has been assigned a certain security role has associated access rights to a web application deployed onto a server.

As shown in the deployment descriptor for this example application, the security constraint specifies that users assigned to the role of helloUser are authorized to access the URL pattern /greeting. In this example, when this resource (because it is constrained by a security constraint) is accessed, the Application Server sends a default login dialog, receives the login information, and checks to see if the user is in a group that has been mapped to the role of helloUser. If the user name and password are those of an authorized user, access to the resource is granted to the requester.

    To set up users for this example application, follow these steps:

  1. If you have not already done so, create a user in the file realm of the Application Server and assign that user to the group user. Make sure to note the user name and password that you enter in this step so that you can use it for testing the application later. If you need help with the steps required to accomplish this task, read Managing Users and Groups on the Application Server for more information.

  2. Map the application security role of helloUser to the group of user that has been configured on the Application Server. For more information on how to do this mapping, read Mapping Application Roles to Application Server Groups.