What is the use of @EnableWebSecurity in spring

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As per spring docs

Add this annotation to an @Configuration class to have the Spring
Security configuration defined in any WebSecurityConfigurer or more
likely by extending the WebSecurityConfigurerAdapter base class and
overriding individual methods:

Or As this @EnableWebSecurity depicts, is used to enable SpringSecurity in our project.

But my question is that even if I don’t annotate any of my class with @EnableWebSecurity still the application prompting for username and password.(default behaviour)

So I am receiving the same behaviour with @EnableWebSecurity and without @EnableWebSecurity.

Can someone please explain what exactly is this annotation for?

Answer

The @EnableWebSecurity is a marker annotation. It allows Spring to find (it’s a @Configuration and, therefore, @Component) and automatically apply the class to the global WebSecurity.

If I don’t annotate any of my class with @EnableWebSecurity still the application prompting for username and password.

Yes, it is the default behavior. If you looked at your classpath, you could find other classes marked with that annotation (depends on your dependencies):

  • SpringBootWebSecurityConfiguration;
  • FallbackWebSecurityAutoConfiguration;
  • WebMvcSecurityConfiguration.

Consider them carefully, turn the needed configuration off, or override its behavior.



Source: stackoverflow