Service Management

The CAS service management facility allows CAS server administrators to declare and configure which services (CAS clients) may make use of CAS in which ways. The core component of the service management facility is the service registry that stores one or more registered services containing metadata that drives a number of CAS behaviors:

  • Authorized services - Control which services may participate in a CAS SSO session.
  • Forced authentication - Provides administrative control for forced authentication.
  • Attribute release - Provide user details to services for authorization and personalization.
  • Proxy control - Further restrict authorized services by granting/denying proxy authentication capability.
  • Theme control - Define alternate CAS themes to be used for particular services.

The service management webapp is a Web application that may be deployed along side CAS that provides a GUI to manage service registry data.


The Service Management web application is available for demo at


It is not required to use the service management facility explicitly. CAS ships with a default configuration that is suitable for deployments that do not need or want to leverage the capabilities above. The default configuration allows any service contacting CAS over https/imaps to use CAS.

It is perfectly acceptable to avoid the service management webapp Web application for managing registered service data. In fact, configuration-driven methods (e.g. XML, JSON) may be preferable in environments where strict configuration management controls are required.

Registered Services

Registered services present the following metadata:

Field Description
id Required unique identifier. In most cases this is managed automatically by the ServiceRegistryDao.
name Required name (255 characters or less).
description Optional free-text description of the service. (255 characters or less)
logo Optional path to an image file that is the logo for this service. The image will be displayed on the login page along with the service description and name.
serviceId Required Ant pattern or regular expression describing a logical service. A logical service defines one or more URLs where a service or services are located. The definition of the url pattern must be done carefully because it can open security breaches. For example, using Ant pattern, if you define the following service : http://example.*/myService to match and, it’s a bad idea as it can be tricked by The best way to proceed is to define the more precise url patterns.
theme Optional Spring theme that may be used to customize the CAS UI when the service requests a ticket. See this guide for more details.
proxyPolicy Determines whether the service is able to proxy authentication, not whether the service accepts proxy authentication.
evaluationOrder Required value that determines relative order of evaluation of registered services. This flag is particularly important in cases where two service URL expressions cover the same services; evaluation order determines which registration is evaluated first.
requiredHandlers Set of authentication handler names that must successfully authenticate credentials in order to access the service.
attributeReleasePolicy The policy that describes the set of attributes allows to be released to the application, as well as any other filtering logic needed to weed some out. See this guide for more details on attribute release and filters.
logoutType Defines how this service should be treated once the logout protocol is initiated. Acceptable values are LogoutType.BACK_CHANNEL, LogoutType.FRONT_CHANNEL or LogoutType.NONE. See this guide for more details on logout.
usernameAttributeProvider The provider configuration which dictates what value as the “username” should be sent back to the application. See this guide for more details on attribute release and filters.
accessStrategy The strategy configuration that outlines and access rules for this service. It describes whether the service is allowed, authorized to participate in SSO, or can be granted access from the CAS perspective based on a particular attribute-defined role, aka RBAC. See this guide for more details on attribute release and filters.
publicKey The public key associated with this service that is used to authorize the request by encrypting certain elements and attributes in the CAS validation protocol response, such as the PGT or the credential. See this guide for more details on attribute release and filters.
logoutUrl URL endpoint for this service to receive logout requests. See this guide for more details
properties Extra metadata associated with this service in form of key/value pairs. This is used to inject custom fields into the service definition, to be used later by extension modules to define additional behavior on a per-service basis.

Service Access Strategy

See this guide for more info please.

Proxy Authentication Policy

See this guide for more info please.

Service Custom Properties

See this guide for more info please.

Persisting Services


This DAO is an in-memory services management seeded from registration beans wired via Spring beans.

<bean id="serviceRegistryDao"
      p:registeredServices-ref="registeredServicesList" />

<util:list id="registeredServicesList">
    <bean class=""
          p:name="HTTPS and IMAPS services on"
          p:evaluationOrder="0" />

This component is NOT suitable for use with the service management webapp since it does not persist data. On the other hand, it is perfectly acceptable for deployments where the XML configuration is authoritative for service registry data and the UI will not be used.


See this guide for more info please.


See this guide for more info please.


See this guide for more info please.


See this guide for more info please.

Service Management Webapp

The Services Management web application is a standalone application that helps one manage service registrations and entries via a customizable user interface. The management web application MUST share the same registry configuration as the CAS server itself so the entire system can load the same services data. To learn more about the management webapp, please see this guide.