ISAM OAuth Inactivity

Its not immediately obvious, and commonly misconstrued as an problem of disappearing tokens, but the OAuth grants in ISAM have a "Maximum" Grant lifetime, as opposed to an inactivity in a default API Definition. This means that when you request a Token - say via ROPC and you are using the default settings of an... Continue Reading →

Simpler ISAM Authentication Service URLs

In order to clean up the instantiation URLs generated by the authentication service, you can use a ISAM HTTP transformation rule. I've just completed two examples of this. Remove PolicyId static prefix: This transformation removes the need to have a long static prefix at the beginning of the URL query string parameter you call to... Continue Reading →

IBM Security Mobile Access SDK

Coinciding with the ISAM 9.0.2 release, we released version 1.2 of the IBM Mobile Security SDK for Android and iOS. ISAM SDK offers a platform library to: Authenticate users against ISAM with OAuth Works with OAuth for ISAM 8.0.1.3 onwards. Strong authentication Support Generate Soft Token One Time Passwords Time based OTP and Counter based... Continue Reading →

Password Reset with ISAM User Self Care

In ISAM 9.0.2, we released native appliance based capabilities to perform User Self Care Operations with ISAM. The user self care operations are built using the authentication service which means operations are modular, can easily be reordered or customised to suite your flow. Out of the box, there are three USC operations included: USC Account... Continue Reading →

Set an authentication level for an Authentication Service Mechanism

Have been trying to setup an authentication service Mechanism to return a specific Authentication level into WebSEAL, and initially had some trouble, here is what you need to do:   The important part are these lines: if (policyID.equals("urn:ibm:security:authentication:asf:hotp")) { stsuuAttrs.setAttribute(new Attribute("AUTHENTICATION_LEVEL", null, "5")); } Where you specify the policyID, and nominate the appropriate Authentication Level.... Continue Reading →

ISAM Selective use of Local Response Redirect

In ISAM using the Local Response Redirect capability has traditionally been overkill when using it for an EAI for a login operation. The reason being, almost any error or management page that is traditionally handled by ISAM now gets redirected to your EAI. Including Login operations, Logout page, Stepup and other authentication related operations. It... Continue Reading →

Advanced ISAM Session Timeout capabilities

Sometimes it might be necessary to manage a session lifetime based on business or security factors, and these might need to be specific to an operation in progress. Here are some helpful techniques for managing the timeouts more dynamically: Understanding Session timeout accuracy Before we go into more detail of setting the session timeouts - it's... Continue Reading →

IBM Security Access Manager (ISAM) Kerberos Configuration Guide

My colleague has posted an in depth set of articles on IBM DeveloperWorks for Kerberos configuration with ISAM. It covers both Kerberos integration's, being Desktop SSO with Kerberos into ISAM, and junctioning to servers using Kerberos for Junction SSO. The article is available here: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/wikis/home?lang=en#!/wiki/W746177d414b9_4c5f_9095_5b8657ff8e9d/page/Information%20and%20Guides%20for%20Kerberos%20SSO

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