Authentication expiry is supported only with client connections. The use of expirable credentials is most common when used in combination with token-based authentication and authorization. Authentication expiry makes it possible for cluster administrators to limit the life span of client connections within the cluster.
Client connections are notified of expiry by
AuthenticationExpiredException, which is thrown in the implementations of
Upon receiving the AuthenticationExpiredException, clients will make one automatic attempt to gather new credentials and reconnect (AuthInitialize.getCredentials()). Upon receiving a second
AuthenticationExpiredException the exception is thrown back to the user to handle. There are some differences in behavior between older and newer clients.
Support for Automatic Reconnect
|Client version||single user ops||multi user ops||single user CQ/RI||multi user CQ/RI|
|GemFire 9.15 and later||Y||Y||Y||N|
|GemFire 9.10 and earlier||Y||Y||N||N|
Y = supported N = not supported
GemFire 9.10 and earlier client will also be able to do an automatic reconnect unless the connection is one of the following types where the exception will always be propagated up the chain:
The common cycle for authentication and authorization is the following:
AuthInitialize.getCredentials(...) -> SecurityManager.authenticate(...) -> SecurityManager.authorize(...)
In case of the use of an external token provider we assume that this token provider will be asked for a token in the
AuthInitialize.getCredentials() call. A token provider can return existing tokens (which are about to expire) for a given user, so it is recommended that implementers of the
SecurityManager interfaces take imminent timeout and token refresh in consideration to avoid receiving multiple unintended
AuthenticationExpiredExceptions in a row and having to deal with the propagation of these exceptions.