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J2EE™ Applications and BEA™ WebLogic Server™ by Sandra L. Emerson, Rob Woollen, Michael Girdley

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Security Technology Overview

WebLogic Server relies on a number of standards-based technologies for its security services. The following sections discuss each technology and its place in the WebLogic Server security infrastructure.

Users and Groups

Users and groups are required in a security system for authentication (who are you?) and authorization (what are you allowed to do?). A user is the application end user's account name. WebLogic Server represents each user with a user name, such as “John Doe,” and some information (sometimes called proof material) for verifying the user's identity during the login process. The verification information is usually a password, but other authentication methods such as digital certificates are described ...

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