Oracle Access Manager 11g Overview & Features

The following outlines some of the basic features of Oracle Access Manager 11g:

Provisioning/Remote Registration: A new remote registration tool enables administrators inside or outside the network to register agents and policies. A username and password must be set in the primary User Identity Store for OAM 11g.

Authentication: Oracle Access Manager 11g application domains aggregate resources and security policies (one policy per resource). Oracle Access Manager 11g authentication policies include a specific scheme. Supported authentication modules include LDAP, X.509, and Kerberos. Authentication user mapping is performed against the primary user-identity provider by the centralized credential collector.

Authorization: Oracle Access Manager 11g performs authorization based on security policies defined in the application domain and persisted in the database. Authorization policies define the resource and constraint evaluation.

Responses: Administrators can set session attributes using authentication and authorization Responses. Aside from session attributes, a Response can also obtain user-related data and request-related data. Responses, once set, are then sent as either HTTP Headers or Cookies to the agent that helps manifest them. For cookie values and header variables, Responses can retrieve session attributes previously set by another Response. For example, session attributes set by a Response upon authentication can be retrieved as a header value during authorization.

Session Management: Oracle Access Manager 11g session management services track active user sessions through a high performance distributed cache system based on technology from Oracle Coherence. Each Oracle Access Manager runtime instance is a node within the distributed cache system. Secure communication between the nodes is facilitated using a symmetric key. The Oracle Access Manager runtime instances move user session data in the local cache into the distributed cache for other nodes to pick up. Each Oracle Access Manager runtime instance can also configure the replication factor and determine how session data is distributed. Administrators can configure the session lifecycle, locate and remove specific active sessions, and set a limit on the number of concurrent sessions a user can have at any time. Out-of-band session termination prevents unauthorized access to systems when a user has been terminated.

Keys: The Oracle Access Manager 11g runtime is deployed as an application to a WebLogic Managed Server or Cluster. New Oracle Access Manager 11g WebGates support a shared secret per agent trust model. 11g WebGates use agent/host specific cookies, which offers superior security. Oracle Access Manager 11g WebGates are all trusted at the same level; a cookie specific for the WebGate is set and cannot be used to access any other WebGate-protected applications on a user’s behalf. Cookie-replay types of attacks are prevented.

SSO and SLO: The Oracle Access Manager 11g Server Session Token forms the basis for SSO between Oracle Access Manager and OSSO Agents. Logout is driven through Oracle Access Manager 11g Server Global Logout, which terminates the central session and logs out the user from each agent that was visited.

  • With Oracle Access Manager 10g WebGates, logout removes the ObSSOCookie and then redirects to the Global Logout page.
  • With Oracle Access Manager 11g WebGates and mod_osso agents, logout redirects to the Global Logout page and each agent is called back to remove the agent-specific cookie.

Logging and Auditing: Oracle Access Manager 11g components use the same logging infrastructure and guidelines as any other component in Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g. Oracle Access Manager 11g provides agent and server monitoring functions. Oracle Access Manager 11g auditing functions are based on the Common Audit Framework; audit-report generation is supported using Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher.

Access Tester: The new Oracle Access Manager 11g Access Tester enables IT professionals and administrators to simulate interactions between registered Oracle Access Manager Agents and Servers. This is useful when testing security policy definitions or troubleshooting issues involving agent connections.

Transition from Test to Production: Oracle Access Manager 11g enables moving configuration or policy data from one Oracle Access Manager 11g deployment to another (from a small test deployment to a production deployment, for example). Support for the creation of new topologies is based on templates. You can also copy and move policy changes.

Co-existence and Upgrades for OSSO 10g: The Oracle-provided Upgrade Assistant scans the existing OracleAS 10g SSO server configuration, accepts as input the 10g OSSO policy properties file and schema information, and transfers configured partner applications into the destination Oracle Access Manager 11g SSO.

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