PicketLink Troubleshooting

This article will list some of the common problems that may affect your PicketLink usage.

 

 

Trouble 1:  You may have trouble with X509 certificates inside <ds:KeyInfo> element that is part of your metadata.

Solution:

 

Ensure that there is no white space in the certificate on all lines.

 

 

....
<KeyDescriptor>
                <ds:KeyInfo>
                    <ds:X509Data>
                        <ds:X509Certificate>MIIEDjCCAvagAwIBAgIBADANBgkqhkiG9w0BAQUFADBnMQswCQYDVQQGEwJVUzEV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</ds:X509Certificate>
                    </ds:X509Data>
                </ds:KeyInfo>
            </KeyDescriptor>
...

 

See that the certificate on each line starts from column 1 and there is no whitespace at the end of the row.

 

 

Trouble 2:  You get a java.lang.NoSuchMethodError: org.picketlink.identity.federation.bindings.tomcat.sp.BaseFormAuthenticator.authenticate(Lorg/apache/catalina/connector/Request;Lorg/apache/catalina/connector/Response;Lorg/apache/catalina/deploy/LoginConfig;)Z

 

Solution:  Use PicketLink v2 and above.

 

 

Trouble 3: When you enable schema validation, you may see " cvc-elt.4.2:  Cannot resolve  'xacml-saml:XACMLPolicyStatementType' to a type definition for element 'saml:Statement'"

 

Solution: Ensure the namespace for xacml:saml is "urn:oasis:xacml:2.0:saml:assertion:schema:os".  There was an errata from the Oasis SAML TC that fixes the namespace. Demand that your payload conforms to this namespace.

 

 

 

Trouble 4:  Payload is not being parsed properly or you want to enable schema validation.

Solution:

PicketLink Schema Validation:   System Property:   picketlink.schema.validation   to true

XACML Engine:  System Property:  org.jboss.security.xacml.schema.validation to true