Authentication Support

Authentication in COOPR Server is carried out using Authentication Server - the authentication server integrates with different authentication backends (LDAP, JASPI plugins) using a plugin API. Clients must first authenticate with the authentication server through this configured backend. Once authenticated, clients are issued an access token representing their identity.

Enabling Security

To enable security in COOPR Server, add these properties to coopr-site.xml:

Property Value Default
security.enabled true false
security.auth.server.address <hostname> localhost
security.auth.server.bind.port <port> 55059

Configuring SSL for the Authentication Server

To configure the granting of AccessTokens via SSL, add these properties to coopr-security.xml:

Property Default Value Description
security.auth.server.ssl.keystore.path None Keystore file location. The file should be owned and readable only by the COOPR user
security.auth.server.ssl.keystore.password None Keystore password
security.auth.server.ssl.keystore.keypassword None Keystore key password
security.auth.server.ssl.keystore.type JKS Keystore file type

Configuring Authentication Mechanisms

COOPR provides several ways to authenticate a user’s identity.

Basic Authentication

The simplest way to identity a user is to authenticate against a realm file. To configure basic authentication add the following properties to coopr-site.xml:

Property Value
security.authentication.basic.realmfile <path>

The realm file is of the following format:

username: password[,rolename ...]

Note that it is not advisable to use this method of authentication. In production, we recommend using any of the other methods described below.

LDAP Authentication

You can configure COOPR to authenticate against an LDAP instance by adding these properties to coopr-site.xml:

Property Value
security.authentication.handler.debug true/false
security.authentication.handler.hostname <hostname>
security.authentication.handler.port <port>
security.authentication.handler.userBaseDn <userBaseDn>
security.authentication.handler.userRdnAttribute <userRdnAttribute>
security.authentication.handler.userObjectClass <userObjectClass>

In addition, you may also configure these optional properties:

Property Value
security.authentication.handler.bindDn <bindDn>
security.authentication.handler.bindPassword <bindPassword>
security.authentication.handler.userIdAttribute <userIdAttribute>
security.authentication.handler.userPasswordAttribute <userPasswordAttribute>
security.authentication.handler.roleBaseDn <roleBaseDn>
security.authentication.handler.roleNameAttribute <roleNameAttribute>
security.authentication.handler.roleMemberAttribute <roleMemberAttribute>
security.authentication.handler.roleObjectClass <roleObjectClass>

Java Authentication Service Provider Interface (JASPI) Authentication

To authenticate a user using JASPI add the following properties to coopr-site.xml:

Property Value
security.authentication.loginmodule.className <custom-login-module>

In addition, any properties with the prefix security.authentication.handler., such as security.authentication.handler.hostname, will also be used by the handler. These properties, without the prefix, will be used to instantiate the used by the LoginModule.

Custom Authentication

To provide a custom authentication mechanism you may create your own AuthenticationHandler by overriding AbstractAuthenticationHandler and implementing the abstract methods

public class CustomAuthenticationHandler extends AbstractAuthenticationHandler {

  public CustomAuthenticationHandler(CConfiguration configuration) {

  protected LoginService getHandlerLoginService() {
    // ...

  protected IdentityService getHandlerIdentityService() {
    // ...

  protected Configuration getLoginModuleConfiguration() {
    // ...

Testing Security

From here on out we will use:


to represent the base URL that clients can use for the HTTP REST API:




to represent the base URL that clients can use for obtaining access tokens:


where <host> is the host name of the COOPR server, <port> is the port that is set as the server.port in coopr-site.xml (default: 55054), and <auth-port> is the port that is set as the security.auth.server.bind.port (default: 55059).

To ensure that you’ve configured security correctly, run these simple tests to verify that the security components are working as expected:

  • After configuring COOPR as described above, restart COOPR and attempt to use a service:

    curl <base-url>/status
  • This should return a 401 Unauthorized response. Submit a username and password to obtain an AccessToken:

    curl -u username:password <base-auth-url>/token
  • This should return a 200 OK response with the AccessToken string in the response body. Reattempt the first command, but this time include the AccessToken as a header in the command:

    curl -H "Authorization: Bearer <AccessToken>" <base-url>/status
  • This should return a 200 OK response.

Obtaining an Access Token

Obtain a new access token by calling:

GET <base-auth-url>/token

The required header and request parameters may vary according to the external authentication mechanism that has been configured. For username and password based mechanisms, the Authorization header may be used:

Authorization: Basic czZCaGRSa3F0MzpnWDFmQmF0M2JW

HTTP Responses

  • 200 OK - Authentication was successful and an access token will be returned
  • 401 Unauthorized - Authentication failed

Success Response Fields

  • access_token - The Access Token issued for the client. The serialized token contents are base-64 encoded for safe transport over HTTP.
  • token_type - In order to conform with the OAuth 2.0 Bearer Token Usage specification (RFC 6750), this value must be “Bearer”.
  • expires_in - Token validity lifetime in seconds.


Sample request:

GET <base-auth-url>/token HTTP/1.1
Authorization: Basic czZCaGRSa3F0MzpnWDFmQmF0M2JW

Sample response:

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-Type: application/json;charset=UTF-8
Cache-Control: no-store
Pragma: no-cache



Note: Only Bearer tokens (RFC 6750) are currently supported.