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Configure Authentication and Identity Assertion providers

Before you begin

If automatic realm restart is enabled, you do not need to restart WebLogic Server after activating non-dynamic changes to security providers. See Enable automatic realm restart and Using Automatic Realm Restart.

WebLogic Server offers the following types of Authentication and Identity Assertion providers:

Oracle recommends that you configure the Password Validation provider immediately after configuring a new WebLogic domain. The Password Validation provider, which is included with WebLogic Server, can be configured with several out-of-the-box authentication providers to manage and enforce password composition rules. Whenever a password is created or updated in the security realm, the corresponding authentication provider automatically invokes the Password Validation provider to ensure that the password meets the composition requirements that are established. For more information, see Configure the Password Validation provider.

In addition, you can use a Custom Authentication provider which offers different types of authentication technologies. For more information, see Configure custom security providers.

Each security realm must have one at least one Authentication provider configured. The WebLogic Security Framework is designed to support multiple Authentication providers (and thus multiple LoginModules) for multipart authentication. Therefore, you can use multiple Authentication providers as well as multiple types of Authentication providers in a security realm. The Control Flag attribute determines how the LoginModule for each Authentication provider is used in the authentication process. For more information, see Set the JAAS control flag.

All Authentication providers included in WebLogic Server support identity domains. If the identity domain attribute is set on an Authentication provider, that Authentication provider can authenticate only users who are defined in that identity domain. For more information, see Configuring Security.

To configure an Authentication or Identity Assertion provider:

  1. If you have not already done so, in the Change Center of the Administration Console, click Lock & Edit (see Use the Change Center).
  2. In the left pane, select Security Realms and click the name of the realm you are configuring (for example, myrealm).
  3. Select Providers > Authentication and click New.

    The Create a New Authentication Provider page appears.

  4. In the Name field, enter a name for the Authentication provider.
  5. From the Type drop-down list, select the type of the Authentication provider and click OK.
  6. Select Providers > Authentication and click the name of the new Authentication provider to complete its configuration.
  7. On the Configuration page for the Authentication provider, set the desired values on the Common and Provider-Specific tabs.
  8. Repeat these steps to configure additional Authentication providers.

    If you are configuring multiple Authentication providers, refer to Set the JAAS control flag.

  9. In the Change Center, click Activate Changes.

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