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Sending Notifications to External PEP Endpoints

You can register external PEP Endpoints in the WSO2 Identity Server. The Identity Server sends cache invalidation notifications (JSON, XML, EMAIL) to the pre-configured external PEP endpoints. Basic authentication will be used as the authentication mechanism .

This topic describes how you can enable the XACML engine to send invalidation notifications to these external PEP endpoints when there is a policy update or a change in user roles, permissions or attributes. This also clears the internal cache when user roles, permissions or attributes are updated.

  1. If you are using EMAIL as the notification method, enable the email sending configurations of the WSO2 Identity Server as explained here.

  2. Create an email template in <carbon-home>/repository/conf/email directory as shown below. Use this template path in the below configurations. Here, entitlement-email-config.xml is a sample template which contains the below code part.

    Hi {username},
    XACML PDP policy store has been changed..
    Policy Id : {targetId}
    Action : {action}
    Policy : {target}
    Best Regards,
  3. To send notifications to external endpoints when there is a policy change, add the following configuration to the deployment.toml file found in the <IS_HOME>/repository/conf folder.

    status_data_handlers = ["org.wso2.carbon.identity.entitlement.SimplePAPStatusDataHandler"] 
  4. Additionally, add the following to the deployment.toml file and change accordingly. If you are sending notifications via email, use this and change the recipient email address.

    org.wso2.carbon.identity.entitlement.EntitlementNotificationExtension.3=emailAddress,[email protected]
    org.wso2.carbon.identity.entitlement.EntitlementNotificationExtension.9=roleName, admin

    The following table lists out and describes the above attributes.

    Attribute Description
    notificationType This is the type of the notification supported by the module. This can be EMAIL, XML or JSON.
    pdpNotification This attribute is for PDP notifications. This specifies whether a notification must be sent for PDP policy store changes. By default, this is enabled, but if you want to disable the policy configurations, you can disable it by configuring this property
    pdpNotificationAction This attribute is for PDP notification actions. This enables notifications for specified actions. There are four actions and you can define multiple actions using the semicolon. For example, ENABLE;DISABLE;UPDATE;DELETE. By default, notifications are sent to all type of changes, but if you want to limit it, you can configure this attribute.
    papNotification This identifies whether a notification must be sent for PAP policy store changes. By default this is disabled and you can enable it by configuring this property.
    targetUrl The target URL is written as "target url;username;password". The ";" symbol is used as the separator.
    roleName This attribute represents the user group. If the EMAIL notification type is used and Target URL is not defined, you can define the user group that the email must be sent to using this attribute. For example, you can use this if you need to send the email to all the members of the Administrator group.
    ignoreServerVerification This is related to SSL verification configuration. This attribute is responsible for the decision on whether to ignore or validate SSL verification for the endpoint URL, if XML and JSON are the notification types used.
    emailTemplateFile If the EMAIL notification is used, the subject, body, and footer of the email must be defined. These can be uploaded from a separate file. There is a default format for the email that can be overridden. If you want to override it, you can configure the location to a template file using this. You need to configure the absolute path for the template file.
    emailSubject This is the subject of the email. This is necessary if you wish to change the default email support used by the module.
    emailAddress The email address that you want to send the email to.
  5. In order to send notifications to external endpoints when a user attribute is updated, update the file in the <IS_HOME>/repository/conf/identity/ directory and add the following configurations to it. Change it according to your notification module. The sample below shows how email notification can be configured.
    email.subscription.userOperation.subject=User operation change information
    email.subscription.userOperation.endpoint.privateMail.subject= The User Operation change has occured.
    email.subscription.policyUpdate.template=<full path to the carbon- home>/repository/conf/email/entitlement-email-config.xml
    email.subscription.policyUpdate.subject= policy update information mail
    email.subscription.policyUpdate.endpoint.privateMail.subject=policy update information to private [email protected]
    threadPool.size = 10
  6. It is recommended to use https to communicate with external endpoints. In that case, import your certificates to client-truststore.jks in the Identity Server. You can use the Java keytool command to do it. The following is a sample command. Note that the default password for client-truststore.jks is "wso2carbon".

    keytool -import -alias wso2 -file <path_to_your_certificate_file>/yourCertificate.crt -keystore <CARBON_SERVER>/repository/resources/security/client-truststore.jks