This gem provides a toolkit for adding OAuth2 provider capabilities to a Ruby web app. It handles most of the protocol for you: it is designed to provide a sufficient level of abstraction that it can implement updates to the protocol without affecting your application code at all. All you have to deal with is authenticating your users and letting them grant access to client apps.
It is also designed to be usable within any web frontend, at least those of Rails and Sinatra. Its API uses Rack request-environment hashes rather than framework-specific request objects, though you can pass those in and their
request.env property will be used internally.
It stores the clients and authorizations using ActiveRecord.
gem install songkick-oauth2-provider
A note on versioning
This library is based on draft-10, which was current when we began writing it. Having observed the development of the OAuth 2.0 spec over time, we have decided not to upgrade to later drafts until the spec is finalized. There is not enough meaningful change going on to merit migrating to every draft version - it would simply create a lot of turbulence and make it hard to reason about exactly what semantics the library supports.
During draft state, the gem version will indicate which draft it implements using the minor version, for example
0.10.2 means the second bug-fix release for draft 10.
Client: A third-party software system that integrates with the provider. Twitter and Facebook call this an “app”.
Client Owner: The entity which owns a client, i.e. the individual or company responsible for the client application.
Resource Owner: This will almost certainly be a User. It's the entity which has the data that the client is asking permission to see.
Authorization: When a resource owner grants access to a client (i.e., a user grants access to a company's app), an authorization is created. This can typically be revoked by the user at any time (which is the strength and flexibility of the OAuth architecture).
Access Token: An opaque string representing an authorization. A client is given an access token when a resource owner grants it access to resources. The access token must be included in all requests for protected resources.
A basic example is in
example/application.rb. To implement OAuth, you need to provide four things:
Some UI to register client applications
The OAuth request endpoint
A flow for logged-in users to grant access to clients
Resources protected by access tokens
Declare your app's name
Declare your app's name somewhere (for example in Rails, in
application.rb or an initializer):
require 'songkick/oauth2/provider' ::::. = 'My OAuth app'
Your application should ensure that any endpoint that receives or returns OAuth data is only accessible over a secure transport such as the
Songkick::OAuth2::Provider can enforce this to make it easier to keep your users' data secure.
You can set
Songkick::OAuth2::Provider.enforce_ssl = true in the same place that you declared your app name above. This will result in the following behavior:
Songkick::OAuth2::Provider.parsemethod will produce error responses and will not process the incoming request unless the request was made using the
An access token constructed using
#valid?unless the request was made using the
Any access token received over an insecure connection is immediately destroyed to prevent eavesdroppers getting access to the user's resources. A client making an insecure request will have to send the user through the authorization process again to get a new token.
Songkick::OAuth2::Provider tables to your app's schema. This is done using
Songkick::OAuth2::Model::Schema.migrate, which will run all the gem's migrations that have not yet been applied to your database.
Songkick::OAuth2::Model::Schema.migrate I, [2012-10-31T14:52:33.801428 #7002] INFO -- : Migrating to SongkickOauth2SchemaOriginalSchema (20120828112156) == SongkickOauth2SchemaOriginalSchema: migrating ============================= -- create_table(:oauth2_clients) -> 0.0029s -- add_index(:oauth2_clients, [:client_id]) -> 0.0009s ...
To rollback migrations, use
There are two mixins you need to put in your code,
Songkick::OAuth2::Model::ClientOwner for whichever model will own the “apps”, and
Songkick::OAuth2::Model::ResourceOwner for whichever model is the innocent, unassuming entity who will selectively share their data. It's possible that this is the same model, such as User:
class User < ActiveRecord::Base include :::::: include :::::: has_many :interesting_pieces_of_data end
Or they might go into two different models:
class User < ActiveRecord::Base include :::::: has_many :interesting_pieces_of_data end class Company < ActiveRecord::Base include :::::: belongs_to :user end
To see the methods and associations that these two mixins add to your models, take a look at lib/oauth2/model/client_owner.rb and lib/oauth2/model/resource_owner.rb.
Registering client applications
Clients are modeled by the
Songkick::OAuth2::Model::Client class, which is an ActiveRecord model. You just need to implement a UI for creating them, for example in a Sinatra app:
get '/oauth/apps/new' do @client = ::::::.new erb :new_client end post '/oauth/apps' do @client = ::::::.new(params) @client.save ? erb(:show_client) : erb(:new_client) end
Client applications must have a
name and a
redirect_uri: provide fields for editing these but do not allow the other fields to be edited, since they are the client's access credentials. When you've created the client, you should show its details to the user registering the client: its
client_secret (the last two are generated for you).
client_secret is not stored in plain text so you can only read it when you initially create the client object.
OAuth request endpoint
This is a path that your application exposes in order for clients to communicate with your application. It is also the page that the client will send users to so they can authenticate and grant access. Many requests to this endpoint will be protocol-level requests that do not involve the user, and
Songkick::OAuth2::Provider gives you a generic way to handle all that.
You should use this to get the right response, status code and headers to send to the client. In the event that
Songkick::OAuth2::Provider does not provide a response, you should render a page that lets the user begin to authenticate and grant access. This can happen in two cases:
The client makes a valid Authorization request. In this case you should display a login flow to the user so they can authenticate and grant access to the client.
The client makes an invalid Authorization request and the provider cannot redirect back to the client. In this case you should display an error page to the user, possibly including the value of
This endpoint must be accessible via GET and POST. In this example we will expose the OAuth service through the path
/oauth/authorize. We check if there is a logged-in resource owner and give this to
OAuth::Provider, since we may be able to immediately redirect if the user has already authorized the client:
[:get, :post].each do |method| __send__ method, '/oauth/authorize' do @owner = User.find_by_id(session[:user_id]) @oauth2 = ::::.(@owner, env) if @oauth2.redirect? redirect @oauth2.redirect_uri, @oauth2.response_status end headers @oauth2.response_headers status @oauth2.response_status if body = @oauth2.response_body body elsif @oauth2.valid? erb :login else erb :error end end end
There is a set of parameters that you will need to hold on to for when your app needs to redirect back to the client. You could store them in the session, or pass them through forms as the user completes the flow. For example to embed them in the login form, do this:
<% @oauth2.params.each do |key, value| %> <input type="hidden" name="<%= key %>" value="<%= value %>"> <% end %>
You may also want to use scopes to provide granular access to your domain using scopes. The
@oauth2 object exposes the scopes the client has asked for so you can display them to the user:
<p>The application <%= @oauth2.client.name %> wants the following permissions:</p> <ul> <% @oauth2.scopes.each do |scope| %> <li><%= PERMISSION_UI_STRINGS[scope] %></li> <% end %> </ul>
You can also use the method
@oauth2.unauthorized_scopes to get the list of scopes the user has not already granted to the client, in the case where the client already has some authorization. If no prior authorization exists between the user and the client,
@oauth2.unauthorized_scopes just returns all the scopes the client has asked for.
Granting access to clients
Once the user has authenticated you should show them a page to let them grant or deny access to the client application. This is straightforward; let's say the user checks a box before posting a form to indicate their intent:
post '/oauth/allow' do @user = User.find_by_id(session[:user_id]) @auth = ::::::.(@user, params) if params['allow'] == '1' @auth.grant_access! else @auth.deny_access! end redirect @auth.redirect_uri, @auth.response_status end
After granting or denying access, we just redirect back to the client using a URI that
Songkick::OAuth2::Provider will provide for you.
Using password credentials
If you like, OAuth lets you use a user's login credentials to authenticate with a provider. In this case the client application must request these credentials directly from the user and then post them to the exchange endpoint. On the provider side you can handle this using the
grant_access! API methods, for example:
::::. do |client, username, password, scopes| user = User.find_by_username(username) if user.authenticate?(password) user.grant_access!(client, :scopes => scopes, :duration => 1.day) else nil end end
The block receives the
Client making the request, the username, password and a
Set of the requested scopes. It must return
user.grant_access!(client) if you want to allow access, otherwise it should return
Assertions provide a way to access your OAuth services using user credentials from another service. When using assertions, the user will not authenticate on your web site; the OAuth client will authenticate the user using some other framework and obtain a token, then exchange this token for an access token on your domain.
For example, a client application may let a user authenticate using Facebook, so the application obtains a Facebook access token from the user. The client would then pass this token to your OAuth endpoint and exchange it for an access token from your site. You will typically create an account in your database to represent this, then have that new account grant access to the client.
To use assertions, you must tell
Songkick::OAuth2::Provider how to handle assertions based on their type. An assertion type must be a valid URI. For the Facebook example we'd do the following. The block yields the
Client object making the exchange request, the value of the assertion, which in this example will be a Facebook access token, and a
Set of requested scopes.
::::. 'https://graph.facebook.com/me' do |client, assertion, scopes| facebook = URI.parse('https://graph.facebook.com/me?access_token=' + assertion) response = Net::HTTP.get_response(facebook) user_data = JSON.parse(response.body) account = User.from_facebook_data(user_data) account.grant_access!(client, :scopes => scopes) end
This code should run when your app boots, not during a request handler - think of it as configuration for
Songkick::OAuth2::Provider. The framework will invoke it when a client attempts to use assertions with your OAuth endpoint.
The final call in your handler should be to
grant_access!; this returns an
Authorization object that the framework then uses to complete the response to the client. If you want to deny the request for whatever reason, the block must return
nil. If a client tries to use an assertion type you have no handler for, the client will get an error response.
Protecting resources with access tokens
To protect the user's resources you need to check for access tokens. This is simple, for example a call to get a user's notes:
get '/user/:username/notes' do user = User.find_by_username(params[:username]) token = ::::.(user, ['read_notes'], env) headers token.response_headers status token.response_status if token.valid? JSON.unparse('notes' => user.notes) else JSON.unparse('error' => 'No notes for you!') end end
Songkick::OAuth2::Provider.access_token() takes a
ResourceOwner, a list of scopes required to access the resource, and a request environment object. If the token was not granted for the required scopes, has expired or is simply invalid, headers and a status code are set to indicate this to the client.
token.valid? is the call you should use to determine whether to serve the request or not.
It is also common to provide a dynamic resource for getting some basic data about a user by supplying their access token. This can be done by passing
:implicit as the resource owner:
get '/me' do token = ::::.(:implicit, , env) if token.valid? JSON.unparse('username' => token.owner.username) else JSON.unparse('error' => 'Keep out!') end end
token.owner returns the
ResourceOwner that issued the token. A token represents the fact that a single owner gave a single client a set of permissions.
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