CDO/Net4j Authentication

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In most enterprise application a user has to authenticate against the webserver, CDO application are not different in this aspect. So naturally CDO and Net4J provide a possibility to authenticate. The source code shown in this section is part of a big example project exploiting RCP+EMF+Databinding features.

Contents

Server

Server configuration with cdo-server.xml

Property-File based Authentication

If you are configuring your server using cdo-server.xml and providing authentication against a simple text file is as simple as uncommenting the following lines:

<acceptor type="tcp" listenAddr="0.0.0.0" port="2036">
  <negotiator type="challenge" description="/tmp/users.db"/>
</acceptor>

The value is the path to the user/password-File the authentication is done against. In this simple case the file is a Property-File and looks like this:

tom=myverysecretpassword

Client

IManagedContainer-Setup

The standard code to retrieve the session in an IManagedContainer looks like this:

 public CDOSessionProvider {
   public CDOSession openSession(String id, String host, String port) {
     IConnector connector = TCPUtil.getConnector(IPluginContainer.INSTANCE, host + ":" + port );
     CDOSessionConfiguration configuration = CDOUtil.createSessionConfiguration();
     configuration.setConnector(connector);
     configuration.setRepositoryName(id);
   
     return configuration.openSession();
   }
 }

And use it in our code like this:

 CDOSessionProvider pv = new CDOSessionProvider();
 pv.openSession("MyRep","localhost","2036");

The authentication negotiation has to be configured before the connection to the server is establish which happens here in the TCPUtil.getConnector()-method. So we somehow have to configure the system in between the call.

The first thing we need to do is to register a PostProcessor for the IPluginContainer.INSTANCE. This has to done only once for a IManagedContainer so the best part is a static block in the CDOSessionProvider.

  static {
    IPluginContainer.INSTANCE.addPostProcessor(new AuthElementProcessor(new PasswordCredentials("tom","blabla".toCharArray()))); // Implementation see below
  }

This ensures that we can enhance the configured connector and attach a so called INegotiator (in our case a special implementation for challenge/response based negotiation, see wikipedia, is available). The implementation to make this happen looks like this:

 private static class AuthElementProcessor implements IElementProcessor {
   private IPasswordCredentials credentials;
     public AuthElementProcessor(IPasswordCredentials credentials) {
       this.credentials = credentials;
     }
 
   public Object process(IManagedContainer container,
                           String productGroup, String factoryType,
                           String description, Object element) {
     if( element instanceof InternalConnector ) {
       ResponseNegotiator rn = new ResponseNegotiator();
       ((InternalConnector)element).getConfig().setNegotiator(rn);
     }
 
     return element;
   }
 }

The last step is to configure the ResponseNegotiator and provide PasswordCredentials for it used to do the real authentication.

 if( element instanceof InternalConnector ) {
   ResponseNegotiator rn = new ResponseNegotiator();
   PasswordCredentialsProvider pw = new PasswordCredentialsProvider(credentials);
   rn.setCredentialsProvider(pw);
   ((InternalConnector)element).getConfig().setNegotiator(rn);
 }

Now your client authenticates against your CDO-Server and you'll receive a "org.eclipse.net4j.connector.ConnectorException" if you try to access the session informations.