Attribute based access control

v4.1.0 2022-04-27 12:36 UTC

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Last update: 2022-07-27 13:07:50 UTC


A simple framework for implementing ABAC in your application.


Rules implement business logic, the input for rule execution consists of:

  • source: The actor, usually the current user
  • target: The subject, the entity that the actor wishes to act upon
  • permission: The action the actor wishes to take
  • environment: The environment should contain anything else the business rules may need

Rules are encouraged to do recursive access check. A typical rule could be WriteImpliesRead, since for most systems when you can write an object you can also read it. Implementation could look like this:

public function execute(
    object $source,
    object $target,
    string $permission,
    Environment $environment,
    AccessChecker $accessChecker
): bool {
    return $permission === 'read' && $accessChecker->check($source, $target, 'write');


Consider a rule that allows access only during office hours. The current time should then be set in the environment. Reasoning behind this is that having 1 location for the environment allows for easy testing as well as a single source of truth.

Infinite loops

Rules can contain infinite loops, we track recursion depth to detect these loops.

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