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Getting Started with OAuth2Client on iOS
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In creating a proof-of-concept iOS app that uses OAuth2 to consume the Google APIs, I began with the OAuth2Client project by the folks at nxtbgthng GmbH. This project is one of oldest and most ac...
Oracle Identity Manager Basics: Creating a Custom Adapter in OIM 11g
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Oracle Identity Manager Basics: Creating a Custom Adapter in OIM 11g The purpose of this entry is to explain how to create a custom adapter in OIM.  The adapter will write to an external file.&n...
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Externalizing Authorization from Applications using Oracle Entitlements Server
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Typically in a private cloud scenario you might have a data center with a hardware grid hosting a middle-ware platform so let's take the next step: You have the departmental application owners bu...
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When encountering issues with the Courion Access Assurance Suite Office 365 Account Management Module (AMM) or the Password Management Module (PMM), typically one of the following two errors will be captured in the Ticketing table and the microsoft-office365pmm.log - The user name or password is incorrect. Verify your user name, and then type your password again.       - Unable to authenticate your credentials. Make sure that your user name is in the format: <username>@<domain>. If this issue persists, contact Support.”   These are Office 365 specific errors and the likely causes are below:   1.      The user name or...
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  A feature of Oracle Mobile Security Suite is the integration with its Secure Mobile Mail app. It works great out of the box, but most customers want to customize it.   During a recent implementation, we found ways to customize this app including new logos and a custom bundle identifier (a necessary step for signing with your own cert). Here's how you do it:   1) Unzip the ipa from Oracle: unzip bmtouchdown_c14n_3_6_1_596_15159-unsigned.ipa   2) Go into the extracted Payload directory, right click on MyTouchDown and select Show Package Contents.   3) Make your modifications (edit info.plist to change bundle id, update png image...
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IDMWORKS and NetIQ recently co-sponsored the healthcare technology webinar “Seamless Integration for EHR Governance with NetIQ.” In case you missed it, here are the highlights from IDMWORKS CTO Chad Cromwell’s presentation: Why Has Identity Management Become a Priority for Healthcare Organizations? 1.       Regulations HIPPA privacy and other security statutes require more audit requirements and an increase in users that are required to access multiple systems. This is driving the need to streamline the user provisioning process. 2.       Automation Automating the provisioning increases the efficiency, improves service and decreases the security administration to perform these time consuming tasks.   Meaningful Use and...
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During a recent OMSS project, we found we were having issues with kerberos authentication. We tried the typical things such as turning up logging, etc. However we found that the Access Server logs weren't showing us everything we needed to see to troubleshoot the issue with kerberos. After some research and experimentation, we found a way to increase the log level just for the kerberos library used by OMSS (Heimdal, http://www.h5l.org/).  First, find the krb5.conf file located at $OMSS_HOME/msas/conf/krb5.conf. Find the following section:   [logging]   krb5 = STDERR   Replace the krb5 option with the following: krb5: logging = FILE:/tmp/krb.log  ...
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One concept common in medium-to-large software development projects is the separation of data-access code into layers. This has the benefits of separating concerns, easing testing, and simplifying dependencies. While the Go programming language has several ORMs in various stages of development to assist with this concept, most pull you further away from the database driver implementation, making it harder to leverage features specific to the underlying database (e.g. array and JSON column types in Postgres). With that in mind, in this post we'll discuss a simple strategy for separating data access in a Go project. The desired characteristics are: Models are...
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Oracle introduced their Mobile Security Suite last year and over the past few months we’ve had a chance to work with this exciting new product. One key piece of this product is the containerization tool, which containerizes and signs app to enable the secure tunnel, authentication through the secure container, encryption, etc.  Recently we had an issue when we tried to containerize an iOS app developed with the new Swift language. After we containerized and signed the app, we saw this error when running the app on the device itself: Error: /private/var/mobile/Containers/Bundle/Application/1291513D-A7C0-46FF-91B6-39F41B8C3A82/Directory.app/Frameworks/libswiftCore.dylib not valid: 0xe8008018: The identity used to sign the...
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Introduction The following guide will walk you through all of the steps necessary to create a series of REST activities in a custom ServiceNow workflow. We'll be using JSONPlaceholder as a REST API for the examples. This is a simple public JSON API that supports all of the various HTTP verbs and mocks the results. One of the endpoints supplied by the REST API is for managing hypothetical blog posts. The general workflow we'll be creating is this: Request a list of posts Store the ID of the first post Request a single post matching the stored ID Store the Title...
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Welcome to part 2 of our two part series on load testing your LDAP with JMeter. In part 1, we setup a simple test plan with a thread group and loop controller along with a simple LDAP Request sampler. Today in part 2, we will look at using a CSV file to drive a multithreaded test with different users. We will also demonstrate how you can distribute your load test across multiple machines to enhance the capabilities.    Using a CSV File To start, setup a simple CSV file with each line containing a username and password, like this: user.0,password user.1,password...
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JMeter is a powerful load testing utility supporting many different types of servers and protocols including HTTP, JDBC, LDAP, and TCP. This blog post will walk you through load testing an LDAP server.  If you’d like to follow along, you should download and install JMeter before you begin. This open source tool and is freely available at http://jmeter.apache.org. In part 1, we will look at configuring JMeter to do a few simple operations against an LDAP. We will also introduce a multithreaded test feature to simulate many concurrent operations.    Setting Up Your Test Plan When you first launch JMeter, you...
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Custom tasks can be a powerful way to extend Sailpoint’s functionality to perform certain actions that the Out Of The Box (OOTB) solution doesn’t support. As a Sailpoint developer, you’re likely to run into certain client requirements for reporting and certifications which cannot be achieved using default tasks or OOTB configurations. Recently, I had to create a custom task to export audit reports in CEF format (for HP ArcSight) to a location on the server. The task would be set to run periodically. As at the time of this writing (IIQ v 6.3), there was no OOTB API support to export...
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There are currently several mature development environments built for the Go programming language. Some examples include vim-go for Vim and go-plus for Atom. Another entry that shows a lot of promise (but I hesitate to call mature) is the Go language plugin for IntelliJ. Initially launched as GoIde, the implementation has since migrated to a plugin for the IntelliJ IDE rather than a stand-alone IDE. It has gone through several development cycles and at least one major rewrite but is finally starting to show real promise in matching the features found standard in other Go environments. One feature found in other environments but...
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IDMWORKS is pleased to introduce our Oracle Mobile Security Suite Demo! IDMWORKS has developed an easy way for you to try out the exciting features available in the OMSS product. Setup takes just a few minutes, so we invite you to register for an account, login and have a look around. For now, the Test Drive works with iOS devices only.  Oracle Mobile Security Suite (OMSS) isolates corporate from personal data, enabling BYOD without cumbersome Mobile Device Management (MDM) overhead. A key feature of the OMSS architecture is the Secure Container, which protects corporate data and enforces enterprise security requirements without compromising...
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Symptoms:  When trying to import a new project from Identity Vault nothing happens when you click next after entering host, username, and password information. When clicking Test Connection in Identity Vault Properties nothing happens. In the error log to have this error:  (Type Error in the Search box in the upper right.) eclipse.buildId=unknown java.version=1.7.0_65 java.vendor=Oracle Corporation BootLoader constants: OS=win32, ARCH=x86_64, WS=win32, NL=en Command-line arguments:  -os win32 -ws win32 -arch x86_64 -clean   Error Fri Feb 20 10:35:30 MST 2015 Unhandled event loop exception   java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: Could not initialize class com.novell.admin.ns.nds.jclient.NDSNamespaceImpl at com.novell.core.datatools.access.nds.DSAccess.authenticateToTree(Unknown Source) at com.novell.core.datatools.access.nds.DSAccess.buildDSAccess(Unknown Source) at com.novell.designer.Designer.testCredentials(Unknown Source) at com.novell.idm.config.internal.IdentityVaultPage.widgetSelected(Unknown...
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Recently we encountered an issue at a client where we were seeing intermittent failures for some users when they tried to authenticate via OAM. In the logs, we saw errors indicating authentication failed because multiple users had the same UID (which was the attribute OAM was using to find users in the identity store.)  As it turns out, the identity store was an Oracle Virtual Directory instance with multiple adapters pointing to several different backend data stores. In the case of these authentication failures, there were matching users in several backend data stores with the same UID, meaning OAM could not...
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Giving your business a presence in mobile app stores can be a great marketing tool, but creating fully native mobile applications can be a daunting task. Implementing all of your functionality in new native applications for each mobile platform requires significant resources, and often the return on investment is not immediately clear. What if you could have the best of both worlds: exposure in each platform's app store, while leveraging the investment in your existing mobile-friendly website? Creating a Windows Phone application that wraps your existing website is pretty straightforward. Prior experience with Windows development, C#, and/or XAML is helpful but...
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OIM ships with an out of the box capability to purge Recon events. Starting with R2 PS2, this feature is available via a scheduled job called OIM Data Purge Task. Recently we experienced a strange issue where not all eligible recon events were getting purged. Specifically, the reconciliation purge retention period was set to 7 days, yet we found that there were thousands of reconciliation events not getting purged even though they were several weeks (or months) old.   The problem: After digging into the Recon Purge Stored Procedure, it was discovered that entries in recon_events with a corresponding entry in...
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When implementing a new IDM product there is one thing that should never be skipped - training.   Oftentimes training gets overlooked during scheduling or is cut out due to budget concerns.  It happens.  When you are coordinating resources and scheduling, most project managers focus on development, testing and implementation times, so training is not considered and gets left out.   Training can also get cut out of financial concerns.  True, funds are finite.  Companies and departments have budgets that they have to operate within and training costs extra.  This means that if training will add a few thousand dollars to...
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The SSLPeerUnverifiedException arises when a client is trying to access a service on a secured webserver. It indicates that the peer's identity has not been verified.  When You'll See It: You’re likely to come across this error if you use the integration activity while developing your workflows in designer.  What To Check: When you get this error, this is one way you can quickly identify the root cause: Depending on the webserver (in my case, it was jboss) you can enable SSL debugging and restart the webserver. When you re-run the workflow, you’ll get additional information around the exception. E.g. “The...
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Now that the holidays are over, it’s a good time to reflect on the IDM impact of paid holidays or large percentages of workforces taking vacation time all at once.  Although day-to-day work may stand still for a few days, time does not.  Many companies today have security policies that require passwords to be changed every so many days, so holidays and periods of lengthy absences can cause issues to arise.  When a large portion or even all of the workforce is out of the office for an extended period of time, a significant percentage will find that their passwords have...
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It's holiday season again and for many companies that means a reduced workforce with a lot of personnel taking lots of time off to spend with family and/or travel.  For most this is an annual time of celebration and relaxation, but for others, like a help desk or IT person, it means the calm before the storm.  All too often the return from the holidays heralds in a flood of calls and support tickets for users that have forgotten passwords, had passwords expire over the holiday break or accounts being locked for too many failed login attempts.  For those that support...
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