Dear Spring Community
I'm delighted to announce that Spring Security 2.0.0 RC1 is now available. This is our first release candidate, with the core framework now considered feature complete.
We've addressed over 65 issues in this new release, including:
* Authentication support for OpenID, which is rapidly becoming the de facto standard for Internet SSO
* Method authorization support via the new "protect-pointcut" element, which uses the powerful AspectJ pointcut expression language
* Dynamic retrieval of method authorization metadata from multiple sources (AspectJ, declarative XML, @Secured, JSR 250 annotations etc)
* Complete support for method authorization on superclass, generic, bridge, class and interface methods
* Web authorization of restful URIs
* Further expansion of namespace capabilities
* Continued simplification and improvement of the end user experience
* Improvements to the "tutorial" sample
* Dependency updates and compatibility testing
* Various refactoring, repackaging and general fixes
This release is suitable for development purposes, and we warmly welcome your feedback, suggestions and issue reports. Over the coming weeks we will be finalizing the documentation, tests, and ACL support as part of our 2.0.0 final release.
Please visit http://www.springframework.org/download to download the latest release and access the change log.
We hope you find this new release useful in your projects.
Project Lead, Spring Security