Username token element

Use the UsernameToken element to propagate a user name and, optionally, password information. Also, you can use this token type to carry basic authentication information. Both a user name and a password are used to authenticate the message. A UsernameToken containing the user name is used in identity assertion, which establishes the identity of the user based on the trust relationship.

The following example shows the syntax of the UsernameToken element

<UsernameToken Id="...">
    <Password Type="...">...</Password>

The Web services security specification defines the following password types:

wsse:PasswordText (default) This type is the actual password for the user name.

wsse:PasswordDigest The type is the digest of the password for the user name. The value is a base64-encoded SHA1 hash value of the UTF8-encoded password.

WAS supports the default PasswordText type. However, it does not support password digest because most user registry security policies do not expose the password to the application software.

The following example illustrates the use of the <UsernameToken> element

<S:Envelope xmlns:S=""


See Also

Token type overview
Nonce, a randomly generated token
Binary security token
XML token
Security token
Configuring nonce for the application level
Configuring nonce for the server level