Securing EJBs with Elytron

This tutorial will demonstrate how you can configure Authentication/Authorization for your EJBs on WildFly using Elytron Security Framework.

Two core authentication factories are provided as part of Elytron security framework:

  • HTTP Authentication Factory which is obviously used for Web applications performing HTTP Authentication
  • SASL Authentication Factory which is used for other network protocols, including standard protocols such as LDAP, IMAP, etc., but also JBoss Remoting which is the EJB primary transport.

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We will learn now how to deploy a FileSystem Realm to be used as repository for identities that will authenticate in an EJB application.

First of all, connect to the Command Line Interface of the application server.

$ ./ -c

Now let's define the new File System Realm through the CLI as follows:


Once created the File System Realm called "demoFSRealm" we will add one Identity to it:

/subsystem=elytron/filesystem-realm=demoFsRealm:add-identity-attribute(identity=ejbuser,name=Roles, value=["guest","manager"])

The roles needed by the application will be collected from the "Roles" attribute:


Done with the Realm, we will create a Security Domain which is bound to this Realm:


As we will be using SASL as authentication mechanism, we will need a SASL Authentication Factory for it:


Done with Elytron, the last steps needed are adding a reference to Elytron Security Domain in the "other" Security Domain contained in the "ejb3" subsystem:


Finally, as the EJB call initially lands on the HTTP Connector, we will add a reference to the SASL authentication factory we have created:


Configuring the EJB Server Side

Done with the server side, we will configure our EJBs to use the "other " Security Domain (which in turn references Elytron's "fsSD" Security Domain:


import javax.annotation.Resource;
import javax.ejb.Remote;
import javax.ejb.SessionContext;
import javax.ejb.Stateless;

import org.jboss.ejb3.annotation.SecurityDomain;

@RolesAllowed({ "guest" })
public class SecuredEJB implements SecuredEJBRemote {

    // Inject the Session Context
    private SessionContext ctx;

    public String getSecurityInfo() {
        Principal principal = ctx.getCallerPrincipal();
        return principal.toString();

    public boolean secured() {
        return true;

As you can see, two "guest" Role is required to access this class but for the "secured" method which requires a manager role.

Configuring the EJB Client side

From the EJB Client side, the only requirement is to provide a reference to the Authentication Configuration, by specifying the Users that are configured in the Realm:

    <authentication-client xmlns="urn:elytron:1.0">
            <rule use-configuration="default-config"/>
            <configuration name="default-config">
                <set-user-name name="ejbuser"/>
                    <clear-password password="password123"/>
                <sasl-mechanism-selector selector="DIGEST-MD5"/>
                    <use-service-loader />

The Client code is straightforward: the basic getSecurityInfo() will be available to anyone with the "guest" role, while the secured() will be available just for the "manager" role.

import java.util.Hashtable;

import javax.ejb.EJBAccessException;
import javax.naming.Context;
import javax.naming.InitialContext;

public class RemoteEJBClient {

    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {

        final Hashtable jndiProperties = new Hashtable();
        jndiProperties.put(Context.INITIAL_CONTEXT_FACTORY, "org.wildfly.naming.client.WildFlyInitialContextFactory");
        jndiProperties.put(Context.PROVIDER_URL, "remote+http://localhost:8080");
        final Context context = new InitialContext(jndiProperties);

        SecuredEJBRemote reference = (SecuredEJBRemote) context.lookup("ejb:/ejb-remote-server/SecuredEJB!"
                + SecuredEJBRemote.class.getName());

        System.out.println("Successfully called secured bean, caller principal " + reference.getSecurityInfo());
        boolean hasFullPermission = false;
        try {
            hasFullPermission = reference.secured();
        } catch (EJBAccessException e) {
        System.out.println("\nPrincipal has admin permission: " + hasFullPermission);


If you configured (or if you update) the Realm to have both Roles, then you would be able to call both methods successfully:

/subsystem=elytron/filesystem-realm=demoFsRealm:add-identity-attribute(identity=ejbuser,name=Roles, value=["guest","manager"])

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