WS-Security using Cert Authentication with Spring-WS III: Setting up the Security infrastructure

The Story so far

In the first episodes, we configured Spring-WS for rejecting incoming Messages which were sent from ‘unauthorized’ Clients, including the demand for Clients to be trusted by our WebService Endpoint: We only trust in a Client, if its Certificate is in turn issued by a Signer we trust. In our case, the Clients Certificate have to be issued by a Certificate Authority (CA) we trust. We inform Spring-WS about that trusted CA by importing the CAs Certificate into our Truststore (a common Java Keystore), which is declared as the Truststore to check against within Spring-WS’ application context. Read the rest of this entry »

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WS-Security using Cert Authentification with Spring-WS II: Accessing the certificate

In the last episode, we’ve introduced the Security Interceptor and its Collaborators (KeyStoreHandler, Truststore, Security Policies) as the main Actors for activating Certificate Authentification along with an appropriate application context for configuring Spring-WS accordingly.
Now every incoming request message have to be signed by the Sender (using its private Key), which also implies that the Sender’s public Key has to be included within the SOAP envelope (in form of an appropriate Certificate which contains the Signers public Key, used to decrypt the clients digital Signature). Read the rest of this entry »

How to secure a WebService using Spring-WS and Certificate Authentication

Implementing a plain WebService with Spring-WS is rather easy and straight forward: Following the ‘contract first‘ approach, you mainly have to come up with an xsd schema for defining the types and elements, constituting
the structure of your request and response messages (including the so called wrapper elements which are in compliance with the WS-I Basic Profile and also used to designate the different operations offered by the
WebService). The rest (not REST ;o)) is more or less a matter of configuration. Read the rest of this entry »