StoRM WebDAV v. 1.1.0

Released on 28.02.2019 as an update of StoRM v. 1.11.15.


This release introduces:

  • support for third-party copy transfers implemented by extending the semantic of the WebDAV copy method;
  • support for token-based authentication and authorization, by introducing an internal OAuth authorization server that can be used to issue tokens to client authenticated with VOMS credentials
  • support for OpenID connect authentication and authorization on storage areas

More information can be found in the StoRM WebDAV service installation and configuration guide and in the StoRM WebDAV support for Third Party Copy transfers guide.


  • [STOR-1018] - Support for third-party copy in StoRM WebDAV service

Installation and configuration

Update the StoRM WebDAV package:

yum update storm-webdav

Template configuration files update

StoRM WebDAV 1.1.0 introduces changes in the template configuration file:


and in the configuration files for the logging facilities:


The new files provided by the updated packages must be used, which will show up as .rpmnew files (when there are local changes to the configuration), i.e.:


We recommend that you backup your current configuration file:

cp /etc/sysconfig/storm-webdav /etc/syconfig/storm-webdav.bkp

And port the changes in such file to the new template:

cp /etc/sysconfig/storm-webdav.rpmnew /etc/syconfig/storm-webdav

Hostname configuration

Support for third-party transfers is implemented by supporting a COPY method request where the Source or Destination header points to a remote resource. In order to tell apart remote resources from local ones, StoRM webdav must be configured accordingly.

This is done via the STORM_WEBDAV_HOSTNAME_0, STORM_WEBDAV_HOSTNAME_1, …, environment variables in /etc/sysconfig/storm-wedav, which allow to define for which hostnames (and aliases) the service is serving requests.



OAuth authorization service configuration

To support delegation without proxy certificates, StoRM WebDAV introduces token-based authorization via a local OAuth authorization server that can issue authorization tokens to clients authenticated with VOMS proxies.

Instructions on how to configure properly the authorization server are given in this document. The default configuration should work out of the box for non-replicated deployments, but be sure to

  • change the secret used to sign the tokens, i.e. provide a sensible value (longer than 32 characters) for the STORM_WEBDAV_AUTHZ_SERVER_SECRET variable
  • set STORM_WEBDAV_REQUIRE_CLIENT_CERT=false so that client certificate authentication is no longer required

in /etc/sysconfig/storm-webdav.

Once the above actions have been performed, you can restart the service with the following command:

service storm-webdav restart

Check the the StoRM WebDAV installation and configuration guide for detailed installation and configuration information.

Known issues

The following issues have been discovered, introduced with initial support for OAuth/OpenID Connect authentication and authorization:

The main consequence of the issues above is that the StoRM WebDAV service would not start in case is not reachable for some reason.

To workaround this problem, include the following Java property setting:


in the value of the STORM_WEBDAV_JVM_OPTS envirornment variable in the StoRM WebDAV sysconfig file:



STORM_WEBDAV_JVM_OPTS="-Xms256m -Xmx512m -Doauth.issuers"

And restart the service.