When an API call hits the API Gateway, the Gateway carries out security checks to verify if the token is valid. During these verifications, the API Gateway extracts parameters such as access token, API and API version that are passed on to it. Since the entire load of traffic to APIs goes through the API Gateway, this verification process needs to be fast and efficient in order to prevent overhead and delays. The API Manager uses caching for this purpose, where the validation information is cached with the token, API name and version, and the cache is stored in either the API Gateway or the key manager server.
Caching at API Gateway
When and a request hits the Gateway, it first populates the cached entry for a given token. If a cache entry does not exist in cache, it calls the key manager server. This process is carried out using Web service calls. Once the key manager server returns the validation information, it gets stored in the Gateway. Because the API Gateway issues a Web service call to the key manager server only if it does not have a cache entry, this method reduces the number of Web service calls to the key manager server. Therefore, it is faster than the alternative method.
By default, the API Gateway cache is enabled by setting the
<EnableGatewayKeyCache> element to true in
Clearing the API Gateway cache
To remove old tokens that might still remain active in the Gateway cache, you configure the
<RevokeAPIURL> element in
api-manager.xml file by providing the URL of the Revoke API that is deployed in the API Gateway node. The revoke API invokes the cache clear handler, which extracts information form transport headers of the revoke request and clears all associated cache entries. If there's a cluster of API Gateways in your setup, provide the URL of the revoke API deployed in one node in the cluster. This way, all revoke requests route to the OAuth service through the Revoke API.
Given below is how to configure this in a distributed API Manager setup.
api-manager.xmlfile of the key manager node, point the revoke endpoint as follows:
In the API Gateway, point the Revoke API to the OAuth application deployed in the key manager node. For example,
Caching at Key Manager server
In this method, the cache is maintained at the key manager server rather than the API Gateway. As a result, for each and every API call that hits the API Gateway, the Gateway issues a Web service call to the key manager server. If the cache entry is available in the key manager server, it is returned to the Gateway. Else, the database will be checked for the validity of the token.
This method has low performance compared to the earlier one, but the the advantage of this method over the other is that we do not have to store any security-related information at the Gateway side.
By default, caching is enabled at the Gateway side as it is the faster method. If you want to change this default configuration, disable caching at the Gateway side and enable it at the key manager server side by using the instructions below.
Disable caching at API Gateway by adding the following entry to APIGateway section of
Enable key manager server-side caching by adding the following entry to APIKeyManager section of the api-manager.xml file.
The API Manager generates JWT tokens for each validation information object. Usually, JWT tokens also get cached with the validation information object, but you might want to generate JWT per each call. You can do this by enabling JWT caching at key manager server. Add the following entry to APIKeyManager section of the api-manager.xml file.
Note that you must disable caching at the key manager server side in order to generate JWT per each call.
Also enable token generation by setting the following entry to
trueat the root level of the api-manager.xml file.