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Before the latest changes using the DA checks was more complicated. In addition to the HTTP Basic Auth creds, callers had to pass the administrator’s session in the payload of the request. This made it harder to use and (worse) less secure.
We don’t have to throw the baby out with the bathwater. RBAC has many good aspects that we’d like to preserve. It’s standards-based, meaning various implementations should interoperate. It works, and is already in place, pretty much everywhere. But we’d like to be able to sprinkle in a bit of context, allowing us to fix the role explosion problem, without breaking its interoperability, or bringing in another implementation, with yet another protocol.
This post describes how Apache Fortress and OpenLDAP can be placed into a highly-available configuration. Apache Fortress provides Identity and Access Management APIs over HTTP using either JSON or REST formats. OpenLDAP is where the data is stored and maintained.