[FRS-448] Securing FusionReactor and jsp applications in tomcat using LDAP


FusionReactor provides different types of user accounts (Administrators/Manager/Observer), however, if you would like to restrict access to FusionReactor for individual users, you can do this via LDAP authentication.

This technote will guide you through configuring tomcat to use LDAP authentication to restrict access to both FusionReactor and your JSP applications.

We will split this guide into 5 distinct sections

  1. Configuring LDAP
  2. Configuring the server.xml file
  3. Configuring the JSP application
  4. Configuring the FusionReactor web root
  5. Disabling the external web root of FusionReactor

1.  Configuring LDAP

When configuring LDAP for use with tomcat you are required to create a collection of individuals and a collection of groups (one group per required tomcat security role), each user can be assigned to one specific group

In this example, FusionReactor and the JSP application are assigned to separate tomcat roles. The domain structure is as follows

dn: dc=mydomain,dc=com
objectClass: dcObject

dn: ou=people,dc=mydomain,dc=com
objectClass: organizationalUnit
ou: people

dn: ou=groups,dc=mydomain,dc=com
objectClass: organizationalUnit
ou: groups

dn: uid=jsmith,ou=People,dc=mydomain,dc=com
objectClass: inetOrgPerson
uid: jsmith
cn: John Smith
sn: Smith
userPassword: myPassword

dn: uid=ajones,ou=People,dc=mydomain,dc=com
objectClass: inetOrgPerson
uid: ajones
cn: Adam Jones
sn: Jones
userPassword: myPassword

dn: cn=fusionreactor,ou=groups,dc=mydomain,dc=com
objectClass: groupOfUniqueNames
cn: fusionreactor 
uniqueMember: uid=jsmith,ou=People,dc=mydomain,dc=com

dn: cn=myApplication,ou=groups,dc=mydomain,dc=com
objectClass: groupOfUniqueNames
cn: myApplication
uniqueMember: uid=ajones,ou=People,dc=mydomain,dc=com

 You could instead create one group for example "admin" and use this for FusionReactor and the JSP application.

2. Configuring the server.xml file

Tomcat in its default installation will use a local database to authenticate user access, we need to modify the server.xml file typically located at {Tomcat Root Directory}/conf/server.xml so that tomcat will instead use the LDAP server as it's authentication service.

To do this first open the server.xml file in a text editor, you should replace the default Realm element tag:

<Realm className="org.apache.catalina.realm.LockOutRealm">
   <!-- This Realm uses the UserDatabase configured in the global JNDI
        resources under the key "UserDatabase".  Any edits
        that are performed against this UserDatabase are immediately
        available for use by the Realm.  -->
   <Realm className="org.apache.catalina.realm.UserDatabaseRealm"

With the following:

<Realm   className="org.apache.catalina.realm.JNDIRealm"

More information on realms can be found here: https://tomcat.apache.org/tomcat-7.0-doc/realm-howto.html

3.  Configuring the JSP application

By default any application you place in the webapps directory of tomcat will be accessible without authentication, however, you may have an application that should only be accessible to a specific user, you can achieve this by modifying the web.xml file of the application this can usually be found at {Tomcat Root Directory}/webapps/{App Name}/WEB-INF/web.xml

Within the "web-app" element tag add the following:


This will block any user with an unauthorized role from accessing your application, it is possible to define multiple authorized roles my duplicating the "role-name" element tag for example:


4. Configuring the FusionReactor web root

 With the default configuration of FusionReactor, you will be able to access the Application Performance Monitor through either the application server port (external port), 8080 for tomcat, or the instance port defined in the java arguments (internal port). Accessing FusionReactor through the external port uses the web root, the path to FusionReactor on the port.

By default, this is "/fusionreactor/" so if the internal port is enabled you will be able to access your FusionReactor instance at http://localhost:8080/fusionreactor/. 

You can change this value by navigation to FusionReactor > Settings > Web Root:


To configure LDAP security you will first need to create the following web app directory structure:

 ensuring you replace "fusionreactor" with your web root.

Your web.xml file should contain the following:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<web-app version="2.5" xmlns="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/javaee"
                             http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/javaee/web-app_2_5.xsd">        <security-constraint>

This will ensure that any user that does not have the tomcat role fusionreactor cannot access the instance.

At this stage, you will be able to test that both your application and FusionReactor authentication access is working as expected

5. Disabling the external web root of FusionReactor

Although your external port is now secured FusionReactor is still accessible over the internal port without LDAP authentication, to stop this we simply need to disable the external port.

You can do this in 2 ways:

  1. In the settings page
    1. Simply disable the port
  2. In the java arguments
    • Windows – Run the tomcatw.exe application within {Tomcat Directory}bin
    • Linux – Open the setenv.sh file in a text editor this file should be located at {Tomcat Directory}/bin/setenv.sh

                 In the -javaagent argument remove the address={port number} configuration option, for example:

                -javaagent:/opt/fusionreactor/instance/tomcat7/fusionreactor.jar=name=tomcat7,address=8098 will become –javaagent:/opt/fusionreactor/instance/tomcat7/fusionreactor.jar=name=tomcat7           


After following the above steps we should now be in the following state:

  • An unauthorized user cannot access either the JSP application or FusionReactor
  • To Authenticate a user your LDAP server will be contacted
  • Only users with appropriate tomcat roles will be able to access the JSP application of FusionReactor
  • FusionReactor will not be accessible on the internal port

Issue Details

Type: Technote
Issue Number: FRS-448
Resolution: Fixed
Last Updated: Today 11:45 AM
Affects Version:
Fixed Version: None
Server: Tomcat
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