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How to read username and password from the Authorization HTTP header using the Vordel API Server

Here is a handy script I've written, for use in the Vordel API Server's Scripting Filter, which takes the Base64-encoded username and password from the HTTP Authorization header and places it into two attributes (variables) called "userchopped" and "passchopped".

Note that this must be preceded by a "Retrieve from HTTP Header" filter which reads in the "AuthorizationHeader" value like so:


Here's the script:


importPackage(Packages.com.vordel.common.base64);

function invoke(msg)        
 {            

var AuthZHeader = msg.get("AuthorizationHeader");
AuthZHeader = AuthZHeader.substring(6);
msg.put("ChoppedAuthZHeader", AuthZHeader);

var dataDecoded = Decoder.decodeToString(AuthZHeader);
msg.put("data.decoded", dataDecoded );
 
var userchopped = dataDecoded.substring(0, dataDecoded.indexOf(":"));
var passchopped = dataDecoded.substring(dataDecoded.indexOf(":")+1);

msg.put("userchopped",userchopped);
msg.put("passchopped",passchopped);

return true;         
}

You run this in a "Scripting Filter".

Once you have the variables userchopped and passchopped populated, you can use an "Attribute Authentication" filter to authenticate them like so:


In the case above, I'm checking the values against Active Directory. I could also check them against CA SiteMinder, Oracle Access Manager, IBM Tivoli Access Manager, etc.

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Mark O'Neill is VP Innovation at Axway - API and Identity. Previously he was CTO and co-founder at Vordel, which was acquired by Axway. A regular speaker at industry conferences and a contributor to SOA World Magazine and Cloud Computing Journal, Mark holds a degree in mathematics and psychology from Trinity College Dublin and graduate qualifications in neural network programming from Oxford University.

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