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Using Jetty 9

Within this documentation, idp.home will be used to refer to IdP installation directory (as specified during the installation process). jetty.home will be used to refer to the location of the Jetty installation.

TODO: revise these docs to reflect use of JETTY_BASE

Version Notes

There are no known issues with any specific Jetty 9 release. The latest stable version should be used.

Required Configuration

  • Jetty listens on ports 8080 and 8443 for user-facing web traffic by default. You will most likely need to modify these ports to 80 and 443 in the jetty.xml and jetty-ssl.xml config files, and make arrangements for Jetty to run as root, utilize the setuid extension to support the privileged ports, or use a port forwarding approach.
  • Add the following Java options to your start.ini:
    • -Xmx###m - this is the maximum amount of memory that Jetty may use, at least 512M is recommended
    • -XX:MaxPermSize=128m - (Sun JVM specific option) the maximum amount of memory allowed for the permanent generation object space
  • Uncomment --exec
  • Uncomment etc/jetty-ssl.xml at the bottom of start.ini
  • Make sure at least the following modules are enabled in start.ini: plus, servlets, annotations, jstl

Recommended Configuration

  • Jetty will use /tmp as a staging area for unpacking the warfile, and if you have cron jobs sweeping that for old files, your IdP can be disrupted. You will probably want to create a tmp directory yourself, perhaps in jetty.home, and set in your start.ini
  • The Jetty distribution ships with a number of example applications located in the jetty.home/webapps directory and deployment descriptors located in jetty.home/contexts. You should remove all of these unless you are specifically using them.



Supporting SOAP Endpoints

The use of the back-channel is discussed in the SecurityAndNetworking topic, and you should review that to understand whether or not you need to support this feature.

If you do need this support, these connections generally require special security properties that are not appropriate for user-facing/browser use. Therefore an additional endpoint must be configured.

  1. Copy the jetty9-dta-ssl-1.0.0.jar (asc) plugin to jetty.home/lib/ext
  2. Create the file jetty.home/etc/jetty-shibboleth.xml and place something like the following content in it (this is modeled on defaults provided by Jetty):

    <Configure id="Server" class="org.eclipse.jetty.server.Server">
      <!-- ============================================================= -->
      <!-- Configure a TLS (SSL) Context Factory                         -->
      <!-- This configuration must be used in conjunction with jetty.xml -->
      <!-- and either jetty-https.xml or jetty-spdy.xml (but not both)   -->
      <!-- ============================================================= -->
      <New id="shibContextFactory" class="net.shibboleth.utilities.jetty9.DelegateToApplicationSslContextFactory">
        <Set name="KeyStorePath">idp.home/credentials/idp-backchannel.p12</Set>
        <Set name="KeyStorePassword">PASSWORD</Set>
        <Set name="EndpointIdentificationAlgorithm"></Set>
        <Set name="excludeProtocols">
          <Array type="String">
        <Set name="IncludeCipherSuites">
          <Array type="String">
      <!-- =========================================================== -->
      <!-- Create a TLS specific HttpConfiguration based on the        -->
      <!-- common HttpConfiguration defined in jetty.xml               -->
      <!-- Add a SecureRequestCustomizer to extract certificate and    -->
      <!-- session information                                         -->
      <!-- =========================================================== -->
      <New id="shibHttpConfig" class="org.eclipse.jetty.server.HttpConfiguration">
        <Arg><Ref refid="httpConfig"/></Arg>
        <Call name="addCustomizer">
          <Arg><New class="org.eclipse.jetty.server.SecureRequestCustomizer"/></Arg>
      <!-- =========================================================== -->
      <!-- Add a HTTPS Connector.                                      -->
      <!-- Configure an o.e.j.server.ServerConnector with connection   -->
      <!-- factories for TLS (aka SSL) and HTTP to provide HTTPS.      -->
      <!-- All accepted TLS connections are wired to a HTTP connection.-->
      <!--                                                             -->
      <!-- Consult the javadoc of o.e.j.server.ServerConnector,        -->
      <!-- o.e.j.server.SslConnectionFactory and                       -->
      <!-- o.e.j.server.HttpConnectionFactory for all configuration    -->
      <!-- that may be set here.                                       -->
      <!-- =========================================================== -->
      <Call id="httpsConnector" name="addConnector">
          <New class="org.eclipse.jetty.server.ServerConnector">
            <Arg name="server"><Ref refid="Server" /></Arg>
              <Arg name="factories">
                <Array type="org.eclipse.jetty.server.ConnectionFactory">
                    <New class="org.eclipse.jetty.server.SslConnectionFactory">
                      <Arg name="next">http/1.1</Arg>
                      <Arg name="sslContextFactory"><Ref refid="shibContextFactory"/></Arg>
                    <New class="org.eclipse.jetty.server.HttpConnectionFactory">
                      <Arg name="config"><Ref refid="shibHttpConfig"/></Arg>
              <Set name="host"><Property name="" /></Set>
              <Set name="port">8443</Set>
              <Set name="idleTimeout"><Property name="https.timeout" default="30000"/></Set>
              <Set name="soLingerTime"><Property name="https.soLingerTime" default="-1"/></Set>
  3. Replace idp.home with the IdP home directory entered during installation.
  4. Replace PASSWORD with the password for the keystore password entered during installation.
  5. Add etc/jetty-shibboleth.xml to your Jetty start.ini file (towards the bottom of the file you should see other configuration files listed).

Deploying the IdP

In order to deploy the IdP, Jetty must be informed of the location of the IdP warfile.

  1. Create the file jetty.home/webapp/idp.xml and place the following content in it (replace idp.home with your IdP's home directory):

    <Configure class="org.eclipse.jetty.webapp.WebAppContext">
      <Set name="war">IDP_HOME/war/idp.war</Set>
      <Set name="contextPath">/idp</Set>
      <Set name="extractWAR">false</Set>
      <Set name="copyWebDir">false</Set>
      <Set name="copyWebInf">true</Set>

    Make sure to apply the settings above, or Jetty will be unable to use the packed warfile.

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