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Adding authentication and authorization to your Java app


Adding authentication and authorization to your Java app

By Jim Jaquet

Adding authentication and authorization to your Java app.

You will learn

In this tutorial you will learn how to add authentication and authorization to your Java app.


Please note that SAP Cloud Platform adheres to Java standards to manage authentication and authorization.

Step 1: Apply security settings

In order to activate authentication and establish authorization we have to apply the respective security settings in the web.xml configuration file. The full web.xml contents are below:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<web-app xmlns:xsi="" xmlns="" xsi:schemaLocation="" id="WebApp_ID" version="2.5">
  <web-resource-name>Protected Area</web-resource-name>
  <!-- Role Everyone will not be assignable -->
<description>All SAP Cloud Platform users</description>
Adding security settings to the web.xml file
Step 2: Edit servlet

After successful authentication the application can access users’ principal information using standard servlet APIs. To illustrate that, make the following changes to the HelloWorldServlet:

* @see HttpServlet#doGet(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response)
*/protected void doGet(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response) throws ServletException, IOException
    String user = request.getRemoteUser();
    if (user != null)
        response.getWriter().println("Hello, " + user);
        LoginContext loginContext;
             loginContext = LoginContextFactory.createLoginContext("FORM");
             response.getWriter().println("Hello, " +  request.getRemoteUser());
        catch (LoginException ex)

* @see HttpServlet#doPost(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response)
protected void doPost(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response) throws ServletException, IOException
	doGet(request, response);

Note: The reason we also had to implement the doPost() method is related to specifics of the SAML 2.0 authentication process flow. For more information please refer to the respective parts of the SAP Cloud Platform online documentation.

Modifying the doGet() and doPost() methods in the Java Servlet
Step 3: Organize imports

To remove the syntax errors, you need to organize import statements via the respective context menu Source > Organize imports of the main code editor window. Save your changes.

Step 4: Deploy the app

Deploy/publish the updated application (you should know the drill by now).

Step 5: Add test user

Since we are working with a local server so far we need to provide a local user repository to authenticate against. For this purpose, double-click on the local server node in the Servers view to open the configuration window.

At the bottom of that window there are four tabs: Overview, Connectivity, Users and Loggers.

Within the Users tab you can manage local users. Let’s create a simple test user with the user id “test” and a password of your choice. Save your changes.

Adding a user to the local Java Server
Step 6: Enter credentials

Now, when you navigate to the HelloWorldServlet with the URL http://localhost:8080/weatherapp/hello you’ll first be prompted to enter your user credentials before you are forwarded to the requested servlet. If the authentication was successful you should now see a personalized welcome message instead of the dull “Hello World!” we saw earlier.

Running the Java app with authentication enabled

Next Steps

Updated 09/13/2017

Time to Complete

10 min



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