Sapient Integration for Laravel

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Sapient-compatible bindings for Laravel.


Install via composer with composer require mcordingley/laravel-sapient and then add MCordingley\LaravelSapient\SapientServiceProvider::class to your app.php configuration file. Then, publish the configuration file with php artisan vendor:publish. After publishing the configuration, you'll need to generate keys for the functions that you intend to use.

Generating Keys

For sealing responses and unsealing requests, run php artisan sapient:generate:seal:pair. Signing and verifying with a shared key needs php artisan sapient:generate:shared:authentication. php artisan sapient:generate:shared:encryption generates a shared key for encryption and decryption. Finally, php artisan sapient:generate:sign:pair will create keys for signing responses and verifying requests.

Using the Middleware

This library exposes middleware to perform its various functions, but does not prescribe where to use them. You will need to place them where they best make sense in the scope of your own project. There are a few restrictions on where the middlware can meaningfully be placed.

SharedVerifyRequest and VerifyRequest should be run as early as possible, before anything that depends on the incoming request processes. If the request does not contain a Message Authentication Code (MAC) in its headers or contains an invalid one, these will abort the request.

SharedDecryptRequest and UnsealRequest should be run after the middleware that verify MACs, but before anything that depends on the content of the request body.

SharedEncryptResponse and SealResponseshould be run as the last middleware that modify the request body, as these lock the body contents.

SharedAuthenticateResponse and SignResponse should only run after the response body is done being modified. This includes any middleware here that performs encryption. Otherwise, their signatures will be invalid. They will each add a header to the response containing a MAC for the response body.

Middleware With Additional Requirements

VerifyRequest and SealResponse depend on the public keys of the client making the request. Since which key is needed and where the keys are stored can vary, these middleware cannot directly resolve the keys that they need from Laravel's container. You will have to provide the logic to return the appropriate public keys.

Create an implementation of MCordingley\LaravelSapient\KeyResolver\Resolver that resolves the Base64UrlSafe-encoded public key needed and register it into Laravel's container with contextual binding. In one of your service providers, this may look like:


UserResolver is provided to cover the common case where keys are stored directly on the incoming request's User object. Simply provide it with the property name where the key is stored and register it into Laravel's container. For example:

    ->give(function () {
        return new MCordingley\LaravelSapient\KeyResolver\UserResolver('sealing_public_key'); 

StaticResolver is also provided. It will resolve whatever key is passed into its constructor. It exists primarily for testing purposes, but may be of use in niche circumstances or if you want to place key-resolution logic directly into your service provider.

Using Your Stored Keys With Sapient

If your project is also using Sapient for creating requests to other servers and processing their responses, you can and should use your generated keys with it. Simply use Laravel's container to resolve Sapient's cryptography key objects. They will be loaded with your keys from your configuration.