Yoctu Connect Client - Service Provider

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The role of Connect-Client is to integrate SAML standard protocol into your application.

It will allow you to validate an user's authentication with a SSO (Single Sign-On) device, get specific information about him, and define his authorizations through assertions.

Check out connect-idp documentation for more information about SAML standard protocol.

Installation & prerequisites

Connect-Client needs PHP 5.5 or up, with the extension mcrypt plugged to run correctly.

You will have to integrate it to your project with composer require fei/connect-client


Here is an example on how it works (See /example folder):

$metadata = new Metadata();

// Configure your metadata... (See next chapter)

$config = (new Config())

$connect = new Connect(new Saml($metadata), $config);
$connect->handleRequest($_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'], $_SERVER['REQUEST_METHOD'])->emit();

After you created a new Metadata instance, and configured it (cf Setting up your metadata), create a new Connect object which will take two parameter:

  • A new SAML instance (which allow you to use every SAML methods) which will take our metadata as parameter:
  • A Config which has to be filled with:
    • defaultTargetPath which is an URI where the user will be redirected to, if the login response doesn't contain one
    • logoutTargetPath which will be used to redirect the user after he logged out

Default path for both setters is /

Finally, using the method handleRequest from the newly Connect object will validate (or not) the request, and redirect the user.

Setting up your metadata

To fill the Metadata instance, two objects are necessary: the Identity Provider and the Service Provider descriptors.

    (new IdpSsoDescriptor())
            new SingleSignOnService('http://idp.dev:8080/sso', SamlConstants::BINDING_SAML2_HTTP_REDIRECT)
            new SingleLogoutService('http://idp.dev:8080/logout', SamlConstants::BINDING_SAML2_HTTP_POST)
        ->addKeyDescriptor(new KeyDescriptor(
            X509Certificate::fromFile(__DIR__ . '/keys/idp/idp.crt')
    (new SpSsoDescriptor())
        ->setID('http://' . $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'])
            new AssertionConsumerService(
                'http://' . $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'] . '/acs.php',
            new SingleLogoutService(
                'http://' . $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'] . '/logout.php',
        ->addKeyDescriptor(new KeyDescriptor(
            X509Certificate::fromFile(__DIR__ . '/keys/sp.crt')
        ->addKeyDescriptor(new KeyDescriptor(
            X509Certificate::fromFile(__DIR__ . '/keys/sp.crt')
    file_get_contents(__DIR__ . '/keys/sp.pem')

Identity Provider

As shown above, we need to fill an IdpSsoDescriptor with a few directives:

  • setID set an unique ID corresponding to the Identity Provider created in Connect-IDP

  • setWantAuthnRequestsSigned takes a single bool parameter and indicates if we want the Service Provider to sign every sent AuthnRequests

  • addSingleSignOnService takes a SingleSignOnService as parameter, which has two properties:

    • The endpoint which will handle the request
    • A constant which describes the way the request will be sent
  • addSingleLogoutService works as the same way as setSingleSignOnService, but with a SingleLogoutService, instanciated which an endpoint and a constant to indicate how the request is sent.

  • addKeyDescriptor is used to associate a certificate to the SsoDescriptor. Those certificates will be used to:

    • Sign the AuthnRequest
    • Decrypt assertions.

    First addKeyDescriptor parameter is a constant contained in KeyDescriptor, describing how the key will be used, and the second one indicates the used certificate's path (via X509Certificate fromFile() static method)

Service Provider

The service provider setter has two parameters:

The first one is the SpSsoDescriptor, and the second one constitutes the private key that has been generated to sign AuthnRequests.

As the IdpSsoDescriptor, the SpSsoDescriptor must be filled with different properties:

  • setID Set an unique ID corresponding to the Service Provider created in Connect-IDP
  • addAssertionConsumerService takes an AssertionConsumerService as parameter, which has two properties:
    • The first one describes an endpoint which tell the client where it should listen for IDP responses
    • A constant describing the request binding
  • addSingleLogoutService takes a SingleLogoutService as parameter, which has two properties:
    • An endpoint describing where the client should listen to receive logout demands
    • A constant describing the request binding (POST in the example above)
  • addKeyDescriptor is used to associate a certificate to the SsoDescriptor. Those certificates will be used to:
    • Sign the AuthnRequest
    • Decrypt assertions.

Profile Association

You could register with Config::registerProfileAssociation(callable $callback, $profileAssociationPath = '/connect/profile-association') a profile association callback for handling request provided by Connect-IDP. The callback must have one parameter which must implement Fei\Service\Connect\Common\ProfileAssociation\Message\RequestMessageInterface and must return a instance of Fei\Service\Connect\Common\ProfileAssociation\Message\ResponseMessageInterface :

$config = (new Config())
        function (UsernamePasswordMessage $message) {
            if ($message->getUsername() != 'test' || $message->getPassword() != 'test') {
                throw new ProfileAssociationException('Profile not found', 400);

            // Get allowed roles
            $roles = $message->getRoles();

            return (new ResponseMessage())->setRole('USER');

Role that the association profile message must set is provided by the RequestMessage. If the role returned is not valid (not provided by the RequestMessage) a \LogicException will be throw.

If you decide that a request from Connect-IDP is not valid you must throw a Fei\Service\Connect\Common\ProfileAssociation\Exception\ProfileAssociationException instance with a message and a HTTP error code which will be transmitted to Connect-IPD.

All messages between Connect-IPD and your Connect-client integration are encrypted so you must set private and public keys for IDP and your Service Provider with metadata configuration directive.

Get role and local username

If the current user which the client provide with the method Client::getUser() is the result of a profile association, you could get the local username and role with respectively Client::getLocalUsername() and Client::getRole().

Create and validate Token

With Connect client, you could create and validate token. Tokens is a simple and secure way to transmit Connect authorization between service which consume Connect-Client.

Create a token:

// Create a Connect client instance
$connect = new Connect(new Saml($metadata), $config);

// Create a Token client instance
$client = new Token([Connect::OPTION_BASEURL => 'http://idp.dev:8080']);

// Create a Token
$token = $client->createToken($connect);

// Use the token...

Validate a token:

// Create a Token client instance
$client = new Token([Connect::OPTION_BASEURL => 'http://idp.dev:8080']);

// Validate a Token

try {
    $user = $client->validate($token);
} catch (\Exception $e) {
    // Handle exception

Link to documentation


You can test this client easily thanks to the folder examples

There are several methods in UserAdmin class, all listed in the following table:

Method Parameters Return
persist User $user User
edit User $formerUser, User $newUser
delete User $user
getCertificate string
setCertificate string $certificate UserAdmin
getToken Token
setToken Token $token
createToken string
getAdminSpMetadataFile string
setAdminSpMetadataFile string $adminSpMetadataFile UserAdmin
getConnect Connect
setConnect Connect $connect UserAdmin
fetchCertificate string