[jboss-user] [Security & JAAS/JBoss] - Re: Users bookmarking login.jsp causes problems

jkva do-not-reply at jboss.com
Sat Aug 9 08:16:36 EDT 2008

"kathy90031" wrote : Yes, our URL pattern is the same, but I'm not sure you were understanding me correctly.  Our pages ARE secure.
  | If someone bookmarks http://localhost/WebApp/index.jsp
  | then they are directed to the login page, after they login in (and are authenticated, they are directed to the home page.
  | If some booksmarks http://localhost/WebApp/login.jsp
  | they login in and recieve a BAD REQUEST error EVEN THOUGH they are authenticated.  In fact, if they try to go to index.jsp DIRECTLY from the bad request page; they get in.  
  | I looked at the jboss source code and saw what was happening.  Jboss looks up the request to forward to.  Since the users are coming from login.jsp; this variable returns NULL.  Therefore, Jboss throws the bad request error.
  | Is there a workaround I can configure instead of code?

You could try creating a valve to check if the user browses directly to the login page or if he uses the normal navigation. If he does, redirect him to a secure page. The j_security_check wil trigger and redirect the user to the login page.

A valve can be compared with a Servlet filter, but it runs outside the application and has access to otherwise forbidden resources, like Tomcat classes.

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