Configuring JAAS for database authentication

You can use Java™ Authentication and Authorization Service (JAAS) for database authentication.

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You can use a JAAS login context entry to specify a custom login module to use for setting the user name and password to authenticate to a database.


  1. Add the appSecurity-2.0, jdbc-4.0, and jca-1.6 features in the server.xml file. You can also add appSecurity-2.0, jdbc-4.1, and jca-1.7. For example:
    Stabilized feature: The jca-1.6 feature is stabilized. You can continue to use the jca-1.6 feature. However, consider using a later JCA feature.
  2. Configure a jaasLoginContextEntry element in the server.xml file with the login module to use. For example:
    <jaasLoginContextEntry id="myJAASLoginEntry" name="myJAASLoginEntry" loginModuleRef="myLoginModule" />
    	<jaasLoginModule id="myLoginModule" className="my.package.MyLoginModule" controlFlag="REQUIRED" libraryRef="customLoginLib"/>
    	<library id="customLoginLib">
    	  <fileset dir="${server.config.dir}" includes="MyLoginModule.jar"/>
  3. Configure the dataSource element's jaasLoginContextEntry attribute with the id of the jaasLoginContextEntry element configured in step 2. For example:
    <dataSource id="ds1" jndiName="jdbc/ds1" jdbcDriverRef="DB2" 
                jaasLoginContextEntry="myJAASLoginEntry" .../>
  4. As an alternative to step 3, you can configure a custom-login-configuration element in the deployment descriptor ibm-web-bnd.xml file of your application. The name attribute must match the id attribute for jaasLoginContextEntry that is defined in the server.xml file. For example:
    <resource-ref name="jdbc/ds1ref" binding-name="jdbc/ds1">
       <custom-login-configuration name="myJAASLoginEntry">
         <property name="property1" value="value1"/>