The class Authenticator represents an object that knows how to obtain authentication for a network connection. Usually, it will do this by prompting the user for information.
Applications use this class by overriding
getPasswordAuthentication() in a sub-class. This method will
typically use the various getXXX() accessor methods to get information
about the entity requesting authentication. It must then acquire a
username and password either by interacting with the user or through
some other non-interactive means. The credentials are then returned
PasswordAuthentication return value.
An instance of this concrete sub-class is then registered
with the system by calling
When authentication is required, the system will invoke one of the
requestPasswordAuthentication() methods which in turn will call the
getPasswordAuthentication() method of the registered object.
All methods that request authentication have a default implementation that fails.
Nested Class Summary
|enum||Authenticator.RequestorType||The type of the entity requesting authentication.|
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Public Method Summary