Enterprise RWSERVE CLI Tool
Role Based Access Controlby Read Write Tools
Websites often need to restrict access to portions of the public document area based on a user's assigned privileges. The RWSERVE Role Based Access Control (RBAC) module provides a way to do that.
The software can be invoked via a Bash shell. Here is an example demonstrating how to create a new user account for "webmaster" having the roles "editor" and "devops":
[user@host]# sudo rwserve-roles webmaster:secret:editor,devops >> /etc/rwserve/roles
- Be sure to use
sudobecause the program accesses the restricted file
- The input is three values, separated by colons :
- First is the user name for the account, e.g. "webmaster"
- Next is the user's password, e.g. "secret"
- Last are the roles the account will have; these should be separated by commas, e.g. "editor,devops"
rwserve-roles CLI utility hashes the clear-text password into a 32-byte SHA256 value. This password is never saved, and there is no retrieval or recovery method that can decrypt the hash. The hashing algorithm uses a separate 16-byte nonce to ensure that no two users have the same hash value, even if they coincidentally have the same password.
The combination of hash and nonce are stored in the roles file as a shaDigest.
rwserve-roles CLI utility generates a UUID, which can be used by the webmaster as a unique key to other user data — such as name, contact information, preferences, etc. — stored in a separate file or database.
Here is what the roles file might look like after creating the webmaster account:
webmaster ee13abc8-1b37-46d0-bfc2-425169411f6a 9ea896dc91018a6a9bc03e48e1c2b3dd:2ce0b565b347b454fbeb0636c0780c99e0542aaa145f8b02cae93b1115df4e47 editor,devops,anonymous
It is a plain text file with one account on each line, consisting of four tab-separated fields: 1) user, 2) UUID, 3) base64-encoded nonce:shaDigest, and 4) a comma separated list of roles.
License and availability
This tool is distributed with the RWSERVE HTTP/2 Web Server. It is not available separately.
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