[jax-rs-spec users] A common way to enable _at_RolesAllowed

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Date: Tue, 01 Mar 2016 18:28:40 +0100


I hope you're in the mood for another small spec clarification in the
hope to further align Jersey, WebSphere, CXF and RestEasy. :-)

The current Jersey manual says that it will respect role-based
security annotations (@PermitAll, @DenyAll, @RolesAllowd; according to
JSR 250 "Common Annotations for the Java Platform") as soon as a
Jersey-specific filter is EXPLICITLY enabled by means of JAX-RS
feature config API. If I understood the WebSphere manual correctly, I
respects these annotations BY DEFAULT. According chapter 36 of its
manual, it seems as if RESTeasy wants EXPLICIT enabling by Servlet
web.xml. CXF on the other hand apparantly wants the deployer to enable
an interceptor EXPLICITLY. So all those JAX-RS products process these
annotations, but each has a different way to enable it. Looking
through the eyes of an ISV, this is real pain-in-the-* since security
is a must-have in all non-trivial products and nobody wants to provide
four different configs for the same off-the-shelf app.

I'd like to suggest that the spec 2.1 defines ONE COMMON way which
enables security on ALL JAX-RS products.

I have two proposals:

(a) Enable it by default. It should not do any real harm regarding
backwards compatibility. This way, nobody has to worry about security
besides adding above role annotations.

(b) Enable it explicitly by adding @Secured on the Application class.
I think this is ugly as the existence of above annotations already
imply that security is wanted.

As all products already support the functionality, we just need to
agree upon a SINGLE way to enable it. I think people simply expect
this in 2.1.

What do you think?