Single Sign On for Web Applications – Use of Windows Login details
The post JCIFS and jWebUnit by Matt Raible describes use of JCIFS to achieve single sign on for web applications based on the Windows Login.
On my current project, we’re using JCIFS to integrate our application authentication process with NT Domain logins. While I found it quite easy to integrate, the one issue I found is I couldn’t replicate the login process in a jWebUnit test. I tried setting the WWW-Authentication header to NTLM, but couldn’t get it to work. The solution I ended up using is to subclass the NtlmHttpFilter and disable authentication when the User-Agent is “httpunit”.
I have not had a chance to work on this, but it certainly seems interesting for intranet applications where full blown Portal-based SSO solutions are beyond reach. I hope we can try to get a test of this running and see how to incorporate it in some of our internal applications.
A very useful description of the “Single Sign On” process, using the Windows login for logging in to the Web Application is found here:JCIFS NTLM HTTP Authentication
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