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How to Integrate Web SSO with REST web-services using Oracle Access Manager

Nothing inspires me to blog like being stuck in an airport. I'm stuck in DC on a return from my first Vordel customer trip. We saw customers in San Diego, Los Angeles, Bay Area, and Seattle. Some of them there were very interested in the integration between Oracle Access Manager and Vordel . Once again, Mark O'Neill, CTO of Vordel to the rescue.




  • Authentication - By simply selecting Oracle Access Manager as a repository, usernames and passwords are authenticated against OAM - encapsulating the directory specifics and optimizing connections
  • Identity Propagation - Once authenticated, the OBSSO cookie is available to down stream applications
  • Single Sign On - By adding another filter - Validate Oracle Access Manager Token - the token is validated by the ASDK and the identity available to the service.
The thing that impresses me about this demo is how easy it is to do. I'm still a relatively new to the Vordel product, but the UI metaphor on building the policies using filters and wiring them together is really simple and easy to grasp. Also, the way that you can pull the output of one filter into the input of another is really useful. The UI will also mark filters as RED is you're missing an upstream input.

Having seen experts like Mark and some of the long time Solutions Architects work with the product, you can get very productive with the tool and build super complicated security scenarios with amazing ease. The biggest challenge is that the 6.0 product ships with over 140 filters. This is not a bad thing...it means that the product provides tremendous value out of the box....its not just a framework. But as some one trying to come up to speed, you realize that there is a 99% chance that there is a filter (or set of filters) that will allow you to do the job.

The other really amazing thing about the filters, is that when you're trying to debug a policy, you can use the real-time monitoring, and see the success/failures of each of the individual filters. This is super useful in diagnosing problems in any environment.

Well, they're calling my flight. Wish me luck getting home. Time stuck on the tarmac is just more time to get up to speed on the product :)



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Josh Bregman has over 15 years experience architecting Java and JEE based security and identity management solutions. Josh is the Chief Solutions Architect at Vordel where he leads up the North American Pre-Sales team. Prior to Vordel, Josh worked for three years at Oracle as a Consulting Solutions Architect at where he advised Oracle and its key customers on technology, architecture, and implementation best practices. Prior to joining Oracle, Josh worked at BEA Systems for 3 years as the Enterprise Security Specialist for the Americas. In this role, Josh worked with customers to develop security solutions for WebLogic Server and related BEA technologies. Before joining BEA, Josh worked at Netegrity/CA for 5 years where he designed and developed a number of Java based security products, including IdentityMinder and SiteMinder Application Server Agents for BEA WebLogic Server and IBM WebSphere.Josh has also held engineering positions at GTE/Verizon Labs and IBM Global Services. Josh received a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Rochester. Josh and had spoken at a number of industry conferences including the RSA Security Conference, BEA World and Oracle Open World. Josh was a contributing author to Wiley's Professional Oracle WebLogic Server (2009). He is a lead contributors and architect of the OpenAz open-source project - an initiative to standardize and promote the adoption of externalized authorization. He is also the author of the Vordel XML Gateway blog at http://xmlgateway.blogspot.com.

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