Class UnixLoginModule

  extended bySK.gnome.dwarf.auth.login.GenericLoginModule
      extended bySK.gnome.dwarf.auth.login.UnixLoginModule
All Implemented Interfaces:

public class UnixLoginModule
extends GenericLoginModule

The login module based on the standard Unix password files.

This module reads the user information from the traditional Unix password files, typically "/etc/password" and "/etc/shadow".

Location of the particular file is specified via the passwd, shadow and group option keys. The default values are "/etc/passwd", "/etc/shadow" and "/etc/group". The login module will automatically use the shadow password file if neccessary.

Passwords may be encrypted either using the DES algorithm, as provided by the legacy Unix crypt function, or using the more secure MD5-based algorithm, as provided by the md5-crypt function found on some *BSD systems. See the CryptPasswordEncoder and MD5CryptPasswordEncoder for more information. If the password encoder class is not set via the encoder option key, the login module will choose automatically one of the mentioned two encoders.

This login module returns an array of principals representing the user identities. This array always contains one UserPrincipal with the name of the user. Optionally, it may contain several RolePrincipal objects according to the user's roles.

This module also supports the identification feature as described in the GenericLoginModule, and it supports also the case-insensitive logins.

The account and password expiration feature is not yet supported.

Examples of configuration:

 // sample setup for a Linux system:
 Test1 {
   SK.gnome.dwarf.auth.login.UnixLoginModule required;

 // sample setup for a FreeBSD system, which uses only MD5-based hash:
 Test2 {
   SK.gnome.dwarf.auth.login.UnixLoginModule required

Field Summary
Fields inherited from class SK.gnome.dwarf.auth.login.GenericLoginModule
Constructor Summary
Method Summary
protected  boolean checkPassword(java.lang.String encoded, char[] plain)
          Checks the given password.
 void initialize( subject, cbHandler, java.util.Map sharedState, java.util.Map options)
          Initializes this login module.
protected[] validate(java.lang.String username, char[] password)
          Validates the given user.
Methods inherited from class SK.gnome.dwarf.auth.login.GenericLoginModule
abort, commit, debug, getBooleanOption, getIntOption, getStringOption, isDebugOn, isIdentOn, isIgnoreCaseOn, login, logout
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
clone, equals, finalize, getClass, hashCode, notify, notifyAll, toString, wait, wait, wait

Constructor Detail


public UnixLoginModule()
Method Detail


public void initialize( subject,
                       java.util.Map sharedState,
                       java.util.Map options)
Description copied from class: GenericLoginModule
Initializes this login module.

Specified by:
initialize in interface
initialize in class GenericLoginModule
subject - the subject to be authenticated
cbHandler - the callbackHandler for getting the username and password
sharedState - shared login module state
options - options specified in the login configuration for this particular login module


protected boolean checkPassword(java.lang.String encoded,
                                char[] plain)
Description copied from class: GenericLoginModule
Checks the given password.

Checks whether or not the encoded password equals to the plain (non-encoded) password.

This method allows the login module to check passwords encoded by various different algorithms by using a custom password encoder. The password encoder must be a class implementing the PasswordEncoder interface. The default encoder used is the MD5PasswordEncoder, and a custom encoder may be specified via the encoder option key by providing its full class name.

This method calls the, char[]) method of the current PasswordEncoder with the corresponding arguments.

checkPassword in class GenericLoginModule
encoded - the encoded password
plain - the plain (non-encoded) password
true if passwords are equal, false otherwise
Throws: - if an error ocurred


protected[] validate(java.lang.String username,
                                             char[] password)
Description copied from class: GenericLoginModule
Validates the given user.

This method must validate a user according to the given username and password, and should return an array of principal objects representing the various user's identities. If no principals are found, an empty array must be returned. If the user could not be validated, a LoginException is thrown to indicate the failed login. Exception is then propagated to the calling LoginContext object.

It is recommended for the implementations to use the GenericLoginModule.checkPassword(String, char[]) method to validate the password using the current PasswordEncoder instance.

This method may be implemented in a way that if the password argument is null, it will bypass the password check and will test the user existence only. However, the subject procesed by this type of authentication must not be used to represent an authenticated user. The implementations must consult the ident option key prior to enabling this feature.

The ignorecase option key may be consulted by the implementing modules, too, for enabling the case-insensitive logins.

Specified by:
validate in class GenericLoginModule
username - the name of the user
password - the user password
the array of principals representing the various user identities

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