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[ecf-dev] user authentication and user dependent services

Hi,

I have a use case, where a client/consumer needs to authenticate at the server/provider and the actual service implementation on the server needs the authentication information (at least the username) when called.

My current solution is to make the username part of the API. eg.

String myService(String username, String otherparameters);

But it would be nice to have access to the actual Authentication information of the caller to use them.

I have implemented a custom HostContainerSelector which registers a IConnectHandlerPolicy to handle to authentication. But I have no idea on how to access them in my service implementation (probably I need to call some ECF API....)

The use case is access control, eg. depending on your username/login you can "see" different content. When making the username part of the API a authenticated client could pretend being someone else by just calling the service with a different username.

I could imagine a kind of wrapper code on server side which intercept the service call and "substitutes" the username in the service call before the actual service is called. This would have the benefit of decoupling this authentication/user handling stuff from the actual service implementation. (the service wouldn't need to know anything about ECF and user management)

Thanks for any hints and ideas!

greets, peter