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Enable or suppress rendering of certain parts of the UI based on the user's roles.

ZK Spring Security Utility Library

ZK-Spring-Security provides 2 ways to access user roles and permissions in a ZK application.

  • SecurityUtil a java class providing static methods to be used in component, controller and view model code
  • Taglib functions and an implicit 'authentication' object to perform permission checks conveniently in ZUL files (with EL-Expressions)

Using the Taglib Functions in ZUL code

In zul files the special attributes if and unless are ideal candidates to render or omit certain parts of a zul file.

After declaring the taglib the functions are available with the specified prefix.

<?taglib uri="" prefix="sec"?>

  <div if="${sec:isAllGranted('ROLE_SUPERVISOR')}">
    This div and all child components are only displayed for user with the SUPERVISOR ROLE
    <listbox .../>

  <button if="${sec:isAnyGranted('ROLE_TELLER,ROLE_ACCOUNTANT')}" 
     label="For TELLERs and ACCOUNTANTs only" >

  <zk if="${sec:isNoneGranted('ROLE_TRAINEE,ROLE_ROOKIE')}">
     TRAINEES and ROOKIES won't see this.

As in all zul pages the the taglib function can also be used in EL expressions of normal component attributes as in the example below to disable a button. (The button will still render but in a disabled state.)

<button label="Transfer Money" disabled="${sec:isNoneGranted('ROLE_SUPERVISOR')}" .../>

Available functions as implemented in (

  • boolean isNoneGranted(String authorities): Return true if the authenticated principal is granted NONE of the roles in the specified authorities.
  • boolean isAllGranted(String authorities): Return true if the authenticated principal is granted ALL of the roles in the specified authorities.
  • boolean isAnyGranted(String authorities): Return true if the authenticated principal is granted ANY of the roles in the specified authorities.
  • boolean isAccessible(String hasPermission, Object domainObject): Return true if the current Authentication has one of the specified permissions to the presented domain object instance.
  • Authentication getAuthentication(): Return currently login Authentication (similar to implicit "authentication" object).

In Java

Of course you can just call the methods of SecurityUtil from java code directly, to build the UI conditionally:

if (SecurityUtil.isAllGranted("ROLE_SUPERVISOR")) {
	Button btn = new Button();

The Implicit "authentication" Object

The DelegatingVariableResolver adds an implicit object "authentication" which exposes springs current authentication object Authentication to EL expressions. Depending on the type of the principal object you can access also nested properties.

<?variable-resolver class="org.zkoss.zkplus.spring.DelegatingVariableResolver"?>
  <label value=""/> = ${}
  <label value="authentication.principal.username"/> = ${authentication.principal.username}
  <label value="authentication.principal.enabled"/>  = ${authentication.principal.enabled}
  <label value="authentication.principal.accountNonLocked"/> = ${authentication.principal.accountNonLocked}

Websocket / Server Push support

As websocket and asynchronous UI updates (via server push) don't always go through Spring Security's Filter chain (as no HTTPRequest is sent/filtered), the SecurityContextHolder is not initialized in such cases. The result is, that Spring won't be able to perform authentication or authorization (role) checks.

To achieve better integration the SecurityContextAwareExecutionListener (an ExecutionInit/Cleanup-Listener) is added by default to fill the SecurityContextHolder from the current Session during UI updates.

This listener is enabled by default and can be disabled by setting the library property org.zkoss.spring.init.SecurityContextAwareExecutionListener.enabled to false.

Version History

Last Update : 2019/1/24

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