SEC-745: Provide general strategies for Url navigation (redirects and forwards for error handling, login entry points, post-login targets etc) #1005

spring-issuemaster opened this Issue Apr 2, 2008 · 5 comments


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Martino Piccinato(Migrated from SEC-745) said:

I propose to introduce a mechanism similar to the one introduced with SEC-516 to give the possibility to resolve dinamically:
- logout urls with LogoutFilter
- entry points with CasProcessingFilterEntryPoint

Different implementations of TargetUrlResolver interface could be used for default cases leaving open the possiblity to use more complex strategies.

My case with this (and with previous SEC-516) is providing different themes/behaviours to different organizations/departments using the same cas single sign on system. Now I have to use a custom implementation of AuthenticationEntryPoint and a customer Filter that just copy 90% of the current spring security class code but add my desired behaviour.

If you accept this I could provide a patch against latest trunk.

Luke Taylor said:

I think it would make sense to refactor TargetUrlResolver and remove the SavedRequest argument (which is available from the session anyway). Then, as you say, this interface could be used as a strategy across multiple parts of the framework, not just for authentication success URLs. This is quite a major change though and would have to be done in a future version. It would also be nice to simplify AbstractProcessingFilter to move most of the logic for working out the URL into the strategy. There is a lot of historical code in there – properties, protected methods and now a strategy. This could be made a lot simpler.

Luke Taylor said:

This strategy could also encapsulate the redirect/forward logic rather than just supplying a URL.

Luke Taylor said:

I’ve introduced new strategies:

AuthenticationSuccessHandler {
void onSuccessfulAuthentication(HttpServletRequest, HttpServletResponse, Authentication authentication);

for successful login, and

void onUnsuccessfulAuthentication(HttpServletRequest, HttpServletResponse, AuthenticationException exception);

for error handling.

We already have AccessDeniedHandler and LogoutHandler, so this makes for a more standard approach. The existing LogoutHandler interface could also be reused for determining the logout destination and is also used in ConcurrentSessionFilter.

I don’t really see much purpose in introducing an additional strategy for entry points since the entry point is itself a strategy already.

Luke Taylor said:

LogoutHandler isn’t really suitable for this purpose as it shouldn’t really throw any exceptions, whereas a redirect/forward strategy needs to have IOException,ServletException. I’ve added a LogoutSuccessHandler strategy. Since the is essentially the same as for an AuthenticationSuccessHandler, I’ve refactored the existing implementations into a common base class AbstractAuthenticationTargetUrlRequestHandler for consistency.

spring-issuemaster added this to the 3.0.0 M1 milestone Feb 5, 2016

This issue supersedes #1358

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