Implementing a custom PropagationToken

 

Overview

This task explains how you might create your own PropagationToken implementation, which is set on the thread of execution and propagated downstream. The default PropagationToken usually is sufficient for propagating attributes that are not user-specific. Consider writing your own implementation if you want to accomplish one of the following tasks:

To implement a custom Propagation token, complete the following steps:

 

Procedure

  1. Write a custom implementation of the PropagationToken interface. There are many different methods for implementing the PropagationToken interface. However, make sure that the methods required by the PropagationToken interface and the token interface are fully implemented. After you implement this interface, one can place its classes in the install_dir/classes directory. Alternatively, one can place the class in any private directory. However, make sure that the WAS class loader can locate the class and that it is granted the appropriate permissions. You can add the JAR file or directory that contains this class into the server.policy file so that it has the necessary permissions that are needed by the server code.

    Tip: All of the token types defined by the propagation framework have similar interfaces. Basically, the token types are marker interfaces that implement the com.ibm.wsspi.security.token.Token interface. This interface defines most of the methods. If you plan to implement more than one token type, consider creating an abstract class that implements the com.ibm.wsspi.security.token.Token interface. All of your token implementations, including the PropagationToken, might extend the abstract class and then most of the work is completed.

    To see an implementation of PropagationToken, see Example: com.ibm.wsspi.security.token.PropagationToken implementation

  2. Add and receive the custom PropagationToken during WebSphere Application Server logins This task is typically accomplished by adding a custom login module to the various application and system login configurations. You also can add the implementation from an application. However, in order to deserialize the information, you will need to plug in a custom login module, which is discussed in Propagating a custom Java serializable object. The WSSecurityPropagationHelper class has APIs that are used to set a PropagationToken on the thread and to retrieve it from the thread to make updates.

    The code sample in Example: custom PropagationToken login module shows how to determine if the login is an initial login or a propagation login. The difference between these login types is whether the WSTokenHolderCallback contains propagation data. If the callback does not contain propagation data, initialize a new custom PropagationToken implementation and set it on the thread. If the callback contains propagation data, look for your specific custom PropagationToken TokenHolder instance, convert the byte[] back into your customer PropagationToken object, and set it back on the thread. The code sample shows both instances.

    You can add attributes any time your custom PropagationToken is added to the thread. If you add attributes between requests and the getUniqueId method changes, then the CSIv2 client session is invalidated so that it can send the new information downstream. Keep in mind that adding attributes between requests can affect performance. In many cases, this is the desired behavior so that downstream requests receive the new PropagationToken information.

    To add the custom PropagationToken to the thread, call WSSecurityPropagationHelper.addPropagationToken. This call requires the following Java 2 Security permission: WebSphereRuntimePerMission "setPropagationToken"

  3. Add your custom login module to WebSphere Application Server system login configurations that already contain the com.ibm.ws.security.server.lm.wsMapDefaultInboundLoginModule for receiving serialized versions of your custom propagation token Also, one can add this login module to any of the application logins where you might want to generate your custom PropagationToken on the thread during the login. Alternatively, one can generate the custom PropagationToken implementation from within your application. However, to deserialize it, you need to add the implementation to the system login modules.

    For information on how to add your custom login module to the existing login configurations, see Custom login module development for a system login configuration

 

Result

After completing these steps, you have implemented a custom PropagationToken.

 

See also


Example: com.ibm.wsspi.security.token.PropagationToken implementation
Example: custom PropagationToken login module

 

See Also


Custom login module development for a system login configuration

 



 

 

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