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OAuth 2.0 Authentication Management

A drawback to the current framework is the lack of User Identity Management using current standards.  WebSphere Commerce offers a robust set of APIs naively but adapting these to a native mobile application is difficult due to the way identity management works (no customer wants to have to log in time and again, nor do they want their guest cart to be removed on a native device and best practices are pushing away from storing logon/password on the device).   

I understand there are other solutions but I believe moving to OAuth 2.0 instead of the WCToken & WCTrustedToken would make the platform much easier to have wide adoption on.  At a minimum there should be a WCRenewToken also which can handle renewal functionality upon token expiration.

The point of this is that any API consumer takes the customers username/password, uses those once, then only retains the current tokens.  When they expire they can leverage the WCRenewToken to refresh the session (if it is still valid, this allows for password change to terminate an authenticated token).  Believe OAuth 2.0 covers all this but simply adding the renewal token would solve several issues today (note: the current "remember me" cookie functionality acts very similarly to this).

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  • Mar 29 2019
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How will this idea be used?

We're currently in flight on a native app.  Given current functionality we are having to solution around this.

What is your industry? Automotive
What is the idea priority? Low
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