15.4. Using client certificate based authentication with WebSphere
One of the important improvements in WebSphere V3.5 is the ability to do certificate-based authentication. In this section we discuss certificates, technologies related to certificates and provide an example of using certificates with WebSphere.
Certificate-based authentication requires the specification of LTPA as the WebSphere authentication mechanism. LTPA provides the means for the WebSphere Application Server to access an LDAP directory that contains the authentication information. For our certificate-based authentication example, we will be using the IBM SecureWay Directory, which is an LDAP conforming registry.
In our example, the following products are used: