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Some SASL mechanisms support channel binding to external secure channels like TLS. The name of a SASL mechanism tells us if channel binding is supported. In particular, SASL mechanisms that support the optional use of channel binding have two SASL mechanism names - one name that includes the “-PLUS” suffix, which implies that channel binding is supported, and one name without the “-PLUS” suffix, which implies that channel binding is not supported (e.g., GS2-KRB5 and GS2-KRB5-PLUS, SCRAM-SHA-256 and SCRAM-SHA-256-PLUS, etc.). Whether or not channel binding is used is determined during SASL mechanism negotiation.


This blog post is going to show the server and client configuration needed to connect to the JBoss CLI using the SCRAM-SHA-256-PLUS mechanism, one of the SASL PLUS mechanisms provided by Elytron.


Prerequisite configuration


First, add a management user for the server - this is the user that we’re going to use later on when attempting to connect to the CLI. For this example, we’re going to create a filesystem-based identity store and add a user named “bob” with password “pAssw0rd” using the following CLI commands:




Now, we’re going to add the filesystem-realm that we just created to the “ManagementDomain” security domain that is already defined in the default Elytron subsystem configuration and we’re going to make this the default security realm for this security domain:


/subsystem=elytron/security-domain=ManagementDomain:list-add(name=realms, value={realm=exampleRealm})
/subsystem=elytron/security-domain=ManagementDomain:write-attribute(name=default-realm, value=exampleRealm)


Next, use the following commands to secure the management interface using Elytron:


/core-service=management/management-interface=http-interface:write-attribute(name=http-upgrade,value={enabled=true, sasl-authentication-factory=management-sasl-authentication})


Finally, generate a server keystore and a client truststore using the keytool command, as shown below. We’re going to use these to enable one-way SSL/TLS for the management interface.


Generate the server keystore:

keytool -genkeypair -alias localhost -keyalg RSA -keysize 1024 -validity 365 -keystore server.keystore.jks -dname "CN=localhost" -keypass secret -storepass secret


Export the server certificate:

keytool -exportcert  -keystore server.keystore.jks -alias localhost -keypass secret -storepass secret -file server.cer


Import the server certificate into the client’s truststore:

keytool -importcert -keystore client.truststore.jks -storepass secret -alias localhost -trustcacerts -file server.cer


Now we’re ready to proceed with the server and client configuration needed to use the SCRAM-SHA-256-PLUS mechanism.


Configuring the server


First, configure a key-store, key-manager, and server-ssl-context in the Elytron subsystem using the server keystore that we just created (the following commands assume the server.keystore.jks file is located in the $WILDFLY_HOME/standalone/configuration directory):


/subsystem=elytron/key-store=exampleKS:add(path=server.keystore.jks, relative-to=jboss.server.config.dir, credential-reference={clear-text=secret}, type=JKS)
/subsystem=elytron/key-manager=exampleKM:add(key-store=exampleKS, credential-reference={clear-text=secret})  
/subsystem=elytron/server-ssl-context=exampleSSC:add(key-manager=exampleKM, protocols=["TLSv1.2"])


Next, enable HTTPS on the management interface using the newly created server-ssl-context:


/core-service=management/management-interface=http-interface:write-attribute(name=ssl-context, value=exampleSSC)
/core-service=management/management-interface=http-interface:write-attribute(name=secure-socket-binding, value=management-https)


Now, update the “management-sasl-authentication” SASL authentication factory to also offer the SCRAM-SHA-256-PLUS mechanism:


/subsystem=elytron/sasl-authentication-factory=management-sasl-authentication:list-add(name=mechanism-configurations, value={mechanism-name=SCRAM-SHA-256-PLUS})


Finally, reload the server using the :reload command.


Configuring the client


We can use a wildfly-config.xml file to provide the information that’s needed to connect to the CLI:


    <authentication-client xmlns="urn:elytron:1.0">
            <rule use-configuration="auth-config"/>
            <configuration name="auth-config">
                <sasl-mechanism-selector selector="SCRAM-SHA-256-PLUS"/>
                <set-user-name name="bob"/>  
                    <clear-password password="pAssw0rd"/>  
            <key-store name="truststore" type="JKS">
                <file name="/path/to/client.truststore.jks" />
                <key-store-clear-password password="secret" />
            <ssl-context name="client-cli-context">
                <trust-store key-store-name="truststore" />
            <rule use-ssl-context="client-cli-context" />


Notice that the wildfly-config.xml file specifies that the SCRAM-SHA-256-PLUS mechanism should be used and the username and password that should be used when attempting to connect to the CLI. It also configures an ssl-context using the client truststore that we created earlier.


Now, we just need to specify this wildfly-config.xml file when connecting to the CLI. The following command connects to the CLI and executes the :whoami command.


$WILDFLY_HOME/ -c --controller=remote+ -Dwildfly.config.url=/path/to/wildfly-config.xml :whoami


You should see the following output, which indicates that we’ve successfully connected to the CLI using the SCRAM-SHA-256-PLUS mechanism.


    "outcome" => "success",
    "result" => {"identity" => {"username" => "bob"}}




This blog post has shown how to set up one-way SSL/TLS for the management interface and how to then use a SASL mechanism that supports channel binding to connect to the CLI.

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