Current state: Adopted

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Currently when building a Principal, the builder has access to an AuthenticationContext which contains the security protocol as well as the client address. However since Kafka can have multiple listeners for the same security protocol using listener names ( While we can identify the source of the connection using the client address, having the listener name would make it simpler as IPs/networks can change and it currently requires to parse the client IP.

Public Interfaces

A new public method will be added to AuthenticationContext:

 * Name of the listener used for the connection
String listenerName();


As well as to all the existing implementations: PlaintextAuthenticationContext, SslAuthenticationContext and SaslAuthenticationContext.

That will return the String value (value()) of the ListenerName used by the connection. For example, with the following configuration:,REPLICATION:PLAINTEXT,INTERNAL_SASL:SASL_PLAINTEXT

For a client connecting to:

  •, it will return "CLIENT"
  •, it will return "REPLICATION"
  •, it will return "INTERNAL_SASL"

Compatibility, Deprecation, and Migration Plan

No compatibility, deprecation, migration plan required.

Rejected Alternatives

If there are alternative ways of accomplishing the same thing, what were they? The purpose of this section is to motivate why the design is the way it is and not some other way.



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