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PM20186: SINGLE SIGN ON MAY FAIL BECAUSE AUTHCACHE REMOVES A CACHE ENTRY WHICH HAS A CUSTOM CACHE KEY

Fixes are available

6.1.0.35: Java SDK 1.5 SR12 FP2 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere
7.0.0.15: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 15 for AIX
7.0.0.15: Java SDK 1.6 SR9 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.15: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 15 for HP-UX
7.0.0.15: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 15 for IBM i
7.0.0.15: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 15 for Linux
7.0.0.15: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 15 for Solaris
7.0.0.15: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 15 for Windows
6.1.0.37: Java SDK 1.5 SR12 FP3 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere
7.0.0.17: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 17
7.0.0.17: Java SDK 1.6 SR9 FP1 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.19: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 19
7.0.0.21: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 21
7.0.0.23: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 23
7.0.0.25: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 25
7.0.0.27: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 27
7.0.0.29: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 29
6.1.0.47: WebSphere Application Server V6.1 Fix Pack 47
7.0.0.31: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 31
7.0.0.27: Java SDK 1.6 SR13 FP2 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.33: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 33
7.0.0.35: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 35
7.0.0.37: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 37
7.0.0.39: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 39
7.0.0.41: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 41
7.0.0.43: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 43
7.0.0.45: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 45
6.1.0.39: Java SDK 1.5 SR12 FP4 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
6.1.0.41: Java SDK 1.5 SR12 FP5 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
6.1.0.43: Java SDK 1.5 SR13 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
6.1.0.45: Java SDK 1.5 SR14 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
6.1.0.47: Java SDK 1.5 SR16 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.19: Java SDK 1.6 SR9 FP2 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.21: Java SDK 1.6 SR9 FP2 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere
7.0.0.23: Java SDK 1.6 SR10 FP1 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere
7.0.0.25: Java SDK 1.6 SR11 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.27: Java SDK 1.6 SR12 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.29: Java SDK 1.6 SR13 FP2 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.45: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP60 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.31: Java SDK 1.6 SR15 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.35: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP1 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.37: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP3 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.39: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP7 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.41: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP20 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.43: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP41 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server

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APAR status

  • Closed as program error.

Error description

  • When Trust Association Interceptor (TAI) is enabled, and TAI
    adds a custom cache key, Single Sign On to a downstream server
    may fail with following error:
    
    
    [7/29/10 15:43:00:225 EDT] 00000071 ContextManage 3
    Exception getting opaque token from originating server.
    com.ibm.websphere.security.auth.WSLoginFailedException:
    SSO token uniqueID not null, but opaque token not found.  Need
    to re-challenge the user to login again.
    
    
    Note that when this condition happens, there are multiple
    clients of which are using the same user id and password to
    access the server.
    

Local fix

Problem summary

  • ****************************************************************
    * USERS AFFECTED:  All users of IBM WebSphere Application      *
    *                  Server with Trust Association Interceptor   *
    *                  enabled                                     *
    ****************************************************************
    * PROBLEM DESCRIPTION: Single Sign On to a downstream server   *
    *                      might fail due to missing opaque token. *
    ****************************************************************
    * RECOMMENDATION:                                              *
    ****************************************************************
    In AuthCache class, there is a code to clean up cache entries
    under certain conditions, such as userid/password mismatch.
    The issue here is that this removal always happens no matter
    how the original cache entries are constructed. Given that,
    assuming that there are two clients of which are using the
    same user id and password. The server authenticates the first
    client, it inserts cache entries with a custom cache key
    attached. Then when the second client is being authenticated,
    the security code doesn't use the cache entry because the
    cache entries, which have the same user id and password have
    the custom cache key and it doesn't match. When this condition
    happens, the original cache entries are being removed, because
    the security code assumes that the reason why the cache entry
    isn't hit is that the password has been changed since the last
    cache insertion. Then when a servlet which is accessed by the
    first client makes a remote EJB call to a downstream server
    with Single Sign On token, the downstream server will not be
    able to access the orginal authenticated data since the cache
    entries are already removed.
    

Problem conclusion

  • With this fix, cache entires of which key is a custom cache
    key aren't be removed from AuthCache.
    
    The fix for this APAR is currently targeted for inclusion in
    fix pack 6.1.0.35 and 7.0.0.15.  Please refer to the
    Recommended Updates page for delivery information:
    http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=180&uid=swg27004980
    

Temporary fix

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APAR Information

  • APAR number

    PM20186

  • Reported component name

    WEBS APP SERV N

  • Reported component ID

    5724H8800

  • Reported release

    61A

  • Status

    CLOSED PER

  • PE

    NoPE

  • HIPER

    NoHIPER

  • Special Attention

    NoSpecatt

  • Submitted date

    2010-08-09

  • Closed date

    2010-08-30

  • Last modified date

    2010-08-30

  • APAR is sysrouted FROM one or more of the following:

  • APAR is sysrouted TO one or more of the following:

Fix information

  • Fixed component name

    WEBS APP SERV N

  • Fixed component ID

    5724H8800

Applicable component levels

  • R61A PSY

       UP

  • R61H PSY

       UP

  • R61I PSY

       UP

  • R61P PSY

       UP

  • R61S PSY

       UP

  • R61W PSY

       UP

  • R61Z PSY

       UP

  • R700 PSY

       UP



Document information

More support for: WebSphere Application Server
General

Software version: 6.1

Reference #: PM20186

Modified date: 30 August 2010