User Administration and Authentication
MediaSense supports three types of users: API users,
application administrators, and platform administrators. There is
only one application administrator and one platform administrator.
Both of these users are configured during installation and the credentials for them are stored on MediaSense. Any number of API users can be configured after the
installation process is complete.
For API users, MediaSense uses Unified Communications Manager's user administration. Any users
configured as end users in Unified Communications Manager may be enabled as
MediaSense API users. Once signed in to MediaSense, any such user can
access all API functions. API clients sign in using a MediaSense API request, but MediaSense delegates the actual
authentication of the user to Unified Communications Manager using the AXL service. API user
passwords are maintained in Unified Communications Manager only and are not copied to
MediaSense does not currently support the notion of
multiple roles and authorizations.
MediaSense APIs and Events
MediaSense API interactions are conducted entirely over
secure HTTPS. All API requests must be issued within
an authenticated session, denoted through a JSESSIONID header
parameter. Authentication is accomplished through a special sign-in
API request. However, SWS events are only
delivered to clients using HTTP; HTTPS is not currently supported
for eventing. By default, MediaSense uses self-signed
certificates, but customers may install their own. When certificates are provided by clients, MediaSense always accepts them and does not verify their
Internal Intracluster Communication
Components in a MediaSense
cluster communicate with each other over unencrypted HTTP or Java
Messaging Service (JMS) connections. The specifications for these
interactions are not publicly documented, but they cannot be considered to be secure.
Media Output URIs
A number of HTTP, HTTPS, and RTSP URIs may be associated with
each recorded session. HTTPS URIs are secure by
definition, but their security extends only to the transport
mechanism. The URIs themselves can be transmitted insecurely by
people or equipment.
To prevent unauthorized users from making inappropriate use of these
media output URIs, MediaSense requires that
HTTP-BASIC authentication credentials be provided every time such a
URI is used. In other words, a client must authenticate itself as a
valid API user before it is given access to the recorded
media. This authentication is usually very fast, but it may
occasionally take up to 4 seconds to complete.
Uploaded Media Files
Administrator credentials are required to upload videos
for ViQ, VoH and VoD purposes. The administration interface includes
links that can be used to download previously uploaded
MP4 files. Although administrator credentials are required to access the interface, the download links do not require
credentials, and therefore cannot be considered as secure.
Media encryption in transit, using Secure RTP (sRTP) or other
means, is currently not supported. Media may however be stored on
an encrypted SAN, as long as disk throughput requirements are
met. Provisioning and configuring SAN encryption is outside the scope of MediaSense