An API for creating custom authentication modules for Cascade Server
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Getting Started

If you're using Cascade 6.7 or later, please clone or fork a copy this repository if using Git and GitHub or download a copy. For older versions of Cascade, browse the branches and select one that corresponds to your version of Cascade.

The project is configured as an Eclipse Project and can be imported directly into Eclipse by doing: File > Import... > Existing Projects into Workspace and selecting the downloaded project directory.

If you're not using Eclipse, you can add the servlet-api.jar and dist/authentication-8.0.jar to your own project.

Project Structure

The structure of the project is as follows:

Authenticator Interface

All custom authentication modules must implement the Authenticator interface.

This interface defines two primary methods: redirect and authenticate

The redirect method is called by Cascade authentication framework during both the LOGIN and LOGOUT phases of the authentication lifecycle.

When a user first hits the app, Cascade call's the custom authentication module's redirect method passing AuthenticationPhase.LOGIN parameter. At this point, the module should redirect the user's browser to an external web application to handle authentication. Afterwards, the external app should redirect back Authenticator.AUTHENTICATION_URI with whatever data the module needs in the request to determine if authentication was successful and which user to authenticate. The AUTHENTICATION_URI is relative to the location where Cascade is deployed.

At this point, Cascade will call the module's authenticate method which should determine if the user successfully authenticated and return a String containing the name of the user to authenticate. Cascade will take the username and if it matches an enabled user in the Cascade user database, will create a user session for that user and redirect the browser to the dashboard.

The other phase, LOGOUT, is called when the Log Out link is clicked from within the application. The user's Cascade session is invalidated immediately. The module can then decide where to redirect the user on logout. The typical behavior is for the custom authentication module to redirect the browser back to the external authentication web application where the originally authenticated.

It is important to remember to not store state in the authentication module using instance members. The module is re-instantiated with each call so any data required by the module must bed passed in the method parameters.

Installing a custom authentication module

An authentication module code should be bundled into a JAR and placed in the $CASCADE_HOME/tomcat/webapps/ROOT/WEB-INF/lib directory. A server restart is required before the module is available to the applicaiton.

After the module is deployed, it must be configured from within Cascade.

To configure the module in Cascade Server 7.10 or later, go to:

  • Tools > Configuration > Custom Authentication Configuration
  • 'Enable' the configuration
  • Enter the package qualified classname of your module -- e.g.
  • Check the box to 'Intercept the login page'

or, if you want to import your configuration from a different instance, you can use the XML pane to copy and paste a complete configuration.

For previous versions:

  • go to Tools > Configuration > Custom Authentication Configuration
  • enter a snippet like the following:

where class-name is the package-qualified name of your module class that implements Authenticator.

More examples

Visit our Examples repository to see more examples.