Java™ Platform
Standard Ed. 6

Package javax.security.auth

This package provides a framework for authentication and authorization.

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Interface Summary
Destroyable Objects such as credentials may optionally implement this interface to provide the capability to destroy its contents.
Refreshable Objects such as credentials may optionally implement this interface to provide the capability to refresh itself.
 

Class Summary
AuthPermission This class is for authentication permissions.
Policy Deprecated. as of JDK version 1.4 -- Replaced by java.security.Policy.
PrivateCredentialPermission This class is used to protect access to private Credentials belonging to a particular Subject.
Subject A Subject represents a grouping of related information for a single entity, such as a person.
SubjectDomainCombiner A SubjectDomainCombiner updates ProtectionDomains with Principals from the Subject associated with this SubjectDomainCombiner.
 

Exception Summary
DestroyFailedException Signals that a destroy operation failed.
RefreshFailedException Signals that a refresh operation failed.
 

Package javax.security.auth Description

This package provides a framework for authentication and authorization. The framework allows authentication to be performed in pluggable fashion. Different authentication modules can be plugged under an application without requiring modifications to the application itself. The authorization component allows specification of access controls based on code location, code signers and code executors (Subjects).

Since:
JDK1.4

Java™ Platform
Standard Ed. 6

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