4. Project Modules

In Spring Security 3.0, the codebase has been sub-divided into separate jars which more clearly separate different functionality areas and third-party dependencies. If you are using Maven to build your project, then these are the modules you will add to your pom.xml. Even if you’re not using Maven, we’d recommend that you consult the pom.xml files to get an idea of third-party dependencies and versions. Alternatively, a good idea is to examine the libraries that are included in the sample applications.

4.1 Core - spring-security-core.jar

Contains core authentication and access-contol classes and interfaces, remoting support and basic provisioning APIs. Required by any application which uses Spring Security. Supports standalone applications, remote clients, method (service layer) security and JDBC user provisioning. Contains the top-level packages:

  • org.springframework.security.core
  • org.springframework.security.access
  • org.springframework.security.authentication
  • org.springframework.security.provisioning

4.2 Remoting - spring-security-remoting.jar

Provides intergration with Spring Remoting. You don’t need this unless you are writing a remote client which uses Spring Remoting. The main package is org.springframework.security.remoting.

4.3 Web - spring-security-web.jar

Contains filters and related web-security infrastructure code. Anything with a servlet API dependency. You’ll need it if you require Spring Security web authentication services and URL-based access-control. The main package is org.springframework.security.web.

4.4 Config - spring-security-config.jar

Contains the security namespace parsing code & Java configuration code. You need it if you are using the Spring Security XML namespace for configuration or Spring Security’s Java Configuration support. The main package is org.springframework.security.config. None of the classes are intended for direct use in an application.

4.5 LDAP - spring-security-ldap.jar

LDAP authentication and provisioning code. Required if you need to use LDAP authentication or manage LDAP user entries. The top-level package is org.springframework.security.ldap.

4.6 OAuth 2.0 Core - spring-security-oauth2-core.jar

spring-security-oauth2-core.jar contains core classes and interfaces that provide support for the OAuth 2.0 Authorization Framework and for OpenID Connect Core 1.0. It is required by applications that use OAuth 2.0 or OpenID Connect Core 1.0, such as Client, Resource Server, and Authorization Server. The top-level package is org.springframework.security.oauth2.core.

4.7 OAuth 2.0 Client - spring-security-oauth2-client.jar

spring-security-oauth2-client.jar is Spring Security’s client support for OAuth 2.0 Authorization Framework and OpenID Connect Core 1.0. Required by applications leveraging OAuth 2.0 Login and/or OAuth Client support. The top-level package is org.springframework.security.oauth2.client.

4.8 OAuth 2.0 JOSE - spring-security-oauth2-jose.jar

spring-security-oauth2-jose.jar contains Spring Security’s support for the JOSE (Javascript Object Signing and Encryption) framework. The JOSE framework is intended to provide a method to securely transfer claims between parties. It is built from a collection of specifications:

  • JSON Web Token (JWT)
  • JSON Web Signature (JWS)
  • JSON Web Encryption (JWE)
  • JSON Web Key (JWK)

It contains the top-level packages:

  • org.springframework.security.oauth2.jwt
  • org.springframework.security.oauth2.jose

4.9 ACL - spring-security-acl.jar

Specialized domain object ACL implementation. Used to apply security to specific domain object instances within your application. The top-level package is org.springframework.security.acls.

4.10 CAS - spring-security-cas.jar

Spring Security’s CAS client integration. If you want to use Spring Security web authentication with a CAS single sign-on server. The top-level package is org.springframework.security.cas.

4.11 OpenID - spring-security-openid.jar

OpenID web authentication support. Used to authenticate users against an external OpenID server. org.springframework.security.openid. Requires OpenID4Java.

4.12 Test - spring-security-test.jar

Support for testing with Spring Security.