Showing posts from December, 2015

OPA for HTTP Authorization

Open Policy Agent[1] is a promising, light weight and very generic policy engine to govern authorization is any type of domain. I found this comparion[2] very attractive in evaluating OPA for a project I am currently working on, where they demonstrate how OPA can cater same functionality defined in RBAC, RBAC with Seperation of Duty, ABAC and XACML.  
Here are the steps to a brief demonstration of OPA used for HTTP API authorization based on the sample [3], taking it another level up.
Running OPA Server First we need to download OPA from [4], based on the operating system we are running on.  For linux, curl -L -o opa Make it executable, chmod 755 ./opa Once done, we can start OPA policy engine as a server.
./opa run --server Define Data and Rules Next we need to load data and authorization rules to the server, so it can make decisions. OPA defines these in files in the format of .rego. Below is a sample …

WSO2 Identity Server - Extension Points - Part 1 - SAML

This is the first post of a series of post to come, to serve as a catalog of extension points available within WSO2 Identity Server as of IS 5.1.0 version which is to be released soon. Most of them are available in 5.0.0 version as well. We have quite a lot of flexibility provided for the users to shape Identity Server to serve exactly what they require via these extension points.
There are 2 types of extensions available in WSO2 Identity Server as of now. Most of these require a restart of the server in order to be effective, but can be configured dynamically without a restart of the server. Few of the extensions like UI theming can be made without a server restart. Drop the extension developed as an OSGI bundle, followed by a server restart,  configure it dynamically eg: custom user store managers Drop the extension developed as a Java component, configure in a configuration file, then restart the server. Configure it dynamically via the UI. eg: custom authenticators

Files Used for Con…