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Automatically create PAS users when authentication in Plone

Project Description

Automatically generate members on login in Plone.

Change history

2.1.1 (2017-02-01)

  • Documentation RST fix [tomgross]

2.1 (2017-02-01)

  • Don’t fail, if config properties are set as raw attributes [davidjb]
  • Update default buildout to Plone 5.0 [tomgross]
  • Support periodic user properties updates [sebasgo]
  • Exclude user creation and update from plone.protect’s CSRF protection [sebasgo]
  • Test on Plone 5.1 [tomgross]

2.0 (2016-01-14)

  • Added challenge header and replacement pattern from WSA [tomgross]
  • Plone 4.1 - 5.0 compatibility [tomgross]
  • Ported tests to plone.app.testing [tomgross]
  • Allow other default roles than Member [Sebastian Gottfried]

1.1 (2014-11-06)

  • Remove triggering of UserLoggedInEvent (shouldn’t be done in PAS plugin) [gweis]

1.0 (2014-02-26)

  • Let PAS decide where to store user properties. Allows e.g. Membrane to store properties on the user object itself. [gweis]
  • Make update of users’s properties optional. [gweis]

0.9 (2014-02-04)

  • Move the password generation function to be an instance method. This allows for the potential to override this function and performance actions using information drawn from the plugin, request etc. [davidjb]
  • Update a user’s properties when they authenticate. This handles the situation where a user’s details may change (such as name, email address, etc) upon next authentication. [davidjb]
  • Allow other PAS plugins to handle credentials by calling updateCredentials when authenticating. This allows for existing session or cookie plugins (implementing ICredentialsUpdatePlugin) to take over handling a user’s authentication. [davidjb]
  • Ensure tests pass on Plone 4.1+. [davidjb]

0.8b1 (2010-11-04)

  • Factored out setting of local roles to ShibbolethPermissions
  • Trigger UserLoggedInEvent
  • Added challenge-plugin

0.8a1 (2010-04-06)

  • authzMappings needs to be a persistent list all the time [tom_gross]
  • copied from old-style product 0.7 [tom_gross]

Detailed Documentation

Overview

Accept Apache based authentication in Zope and create Plone users.

AutoUserMakerPasPlugin is a PAS plugin developed from apachepas, which allows Zope to delegate authentication concerns to Apache, and that automatically creates users as Apache lets them through. Using AutoUserMakerPasPlugin, you can configure your Plone site so any user known to your LDAP, Kerberos, Shibboleth, or Cosign (a.k.a. WebAccess) system–or indeed any other system which has an Apache authentication module–can transparently log in using his enterprise-wide credentials.

If you want only a few select users to be able to log into your site, don’t use Auto User Maker; stick to just apachepas, and create your few users manually. If, however, you want anyone with enterprise credentials to be able to authenticate, read on.

Requirements

  • Plone 4.1 to 5.1 are tested and supported
  • I test this with Shibboleth, currently 2.0 service provider.

Installation

  1. Unzip the AutoUserMakerPASPlugin.zip file in $INSTANCE_HOME/Products.

  2. Restart Zope.

  3. Install the plugin:

    If you’re using Plone…

    1. Go to your-plone-site -> site setup -> Add/Remove Products, and install AutoUserMakerPASPlugin.

    If you’re not using Plone…

    1. In the Zope Management Interface, navigate to your-plone-site -> acl_users.
    2. Add an Auto User Maker to the folder.
    3. Navigate to your-plone-site -> acl_users -> plugins -> Authentication Plugins.
    1. Go to the Activate tab of your newly created Auth User Make instance, and turn on Authentication and Extraction.
  4. Set up the required Apache directives. For example:

# Some Linux distributions (e.g., Debian Etch and Red Hat Enterprise
# Linux AS Release 4) have default settings which prevent the header
# rewrites below from working. Fix that:
<Proxy *>
    Order deny,allow
    Allow from all
</Proxy>

RewriteEngine On

# Grab the remote user as environment variable.
# (This RewriteRule doesn't actually rewrite anything URL-wise.)
RewriteCond %{LA-U:REMOTE_USER} (.+)
RewriteRule .* - [E=RU:%1]

# Put the username into a request header:
RequestHeader set X_REMOTE_USER %{RU}e

# For Shibboleth SP 2.0, you must also set HTTP headers, if you want
# account data populated.
        #RequestHeader set SHIB_PERSON_COMMONNAME %{displayName}e
#RequestHeader set SHIB_INETORGPERSON_MAIL %{mail}e
#RequestHeader set SHIB_ORGPERSON_LOCALITY %{l}e
#RequestHeader set SHIB_ORGPERSON_STATE %{st}e
#RequestHeader set SHIB_ORGPERSON_C %{c}e

        # Don't send shib stuff to plone
        RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/(shibboleth-(sp|idp)|Shibboleth.sso|SAML)
# Do the typical VirtualHostMonster rewrite:
RewriteRule ^/port_8080(.*) http://localhost:8080/VirtualHostBase/http//localhost:80/VirtualHostRoot/_vh_port_8080/$1 [L,P]

I (Alan Brenner) used the following on a virtual interface on my Apache 2.2 and Shibboleth 1.3 development system:

Listen 192.168.191.1:80
<VirtualHost 192.168.191.1:80>
    ServerName alan.ithaka.org
    DocumentRoot /usr/local/apache-httpd-2.2.4/htdocs
    ProxyRequests Off
    ProxyPass /server-status !
    ProxyPass /server-info !
    ProxyPass /index.php !
    ProxyPass /Shibboleth.sso !
    ProxyPass /shibboleth-sp !
    ProxyPass /shibboleth-idp !
    ProxyPass /php !
    ProxyPass / http://127.0.0.1:8253/VirtualHostBase/http/alan.ithaka.org:80/test/VirtualHostRoot/

    LoadModule mod_shib /usr/local/shibboleth-sp-1.3/libexec/mod_shib_22.so
    ShibSchemaDir /usr/local/shibboleth-sp-1.3/share/xml/shibboleth
    ShibConfig /usr/local/shibboleth-sp-1.3/etc/shibboleth/shibboleth.xml
    ShibURLScheme http
    <Location /php>
        AuthType shibboleth
        ShibRedirectToSSL 443
        # An index.php like:
        #<html><head><title>shib test</title></head><body><?php phpinfo(); ?></body></html>
        # is helpful to validate security, and see what values shib is setting.
    </Location>
</VirtualHost>

<Location /shibboleth-idp/SSO>
    AuthType Basic
    AuthName Test
    AuthUserFile /usr/local/apache-httpd-2.2.4/conf/users
    require valid-user
</Location>

<IfModule !mod_jk.c>
    LoadModule jk_module modules/mod_jk.so
    JkShmFile /usr/local/apache-httpd-2.2.4/logs/jk-runtime-status
    JkWorkersFile /usr/local/apache-tomcat-5.5.23/conf/jk/workers.properties
    JkLogFile /var/log/httpd/mod_jk.log
</IfModule>
JkLogLevel emerg
JkMount /shibboleth-idp/* ajp13
JkMount /jsp-examples ajp13
JkMount /jsp-examples/* ajp13
JkMount /tomcat-docs ajp13
JkMount /tomcat-docs/* ajp13
JkMount /admin ajp13
JkMount /admin/* ajp13

Listen 443
<VirtualHost 192.168.191.1:443>
    DocumentRoot "/usr/local/apache-httpd-2.2.4/htdocs"
    ServerName alan.ithaka.org
    ServerAdmin alan.brenner@ithaka.org
    ErrorLog /usr/local/apache-httpd-2.2.4/logs/error_log.443
    TransferLog /usr/local/apache-httpd-2.2.4/logs/access_log.443
    SSLEngine on
    SSLCipherSuite ALL:!ADH:!EXPORT56:RC4+RSA:+HIGH:+MEDIUM:+LOW:+SSLv2:+EXP:+eNULL
    SSLCertificateFile /usr/local/shibboleth-sp-1.3/etc/shibboleth/idp.crt
    SSLCertificateKeyFile /usr/local/shibboleth-sp-1.3/etc/shibboleth/idp.key
    <FilesMatch "\.(cgi|shtml|phtml|php)$">
        SSLOptions +StdEnvVars
    </FilesMatch>
    <Proxy *>
        Order deny,allow
        Allow from all
    </Proxy>
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{LA-U:REMOTE_USER} (.+)
    RewriteRule .* - [E=RW_RU:%1]
    RequestHeader set X_REMOTE_USER %{RW_RU}e
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/(shibboleth-(sp|idp)|Shibboleth.sso|SAML|WAYF|server-(status|info)|index.php|php)
    RewriteRule ^/(.*) http://127.0.0.1:8253/VirtualHostBase/https/alan.ithaka.org:443/test/VirtualHostRoot/$1 [L,P]
    <Location />
        AuthType shibboleth
        ShibRequireSession Off
        require shibboleth
    </Location>
</VirtualHost>

Listen 8443
<VirtualHost 192.168.191.1:8443>
    ErrorLog /usr/local/apache-httpd-2.2.4/logs/error_log.8443
    TransferLog /usr/local/apache-httpd-2.2.4/logs/access_log.8443
    SSLEngine on
    SSLCipherSuite ALL:!ADH:!EXPORT56:RC4+RSA:+HIGH:+MEDIUM:+LOW:+SSLv2:+EXP
    SSLVerifyClient optional_no_ca
    SSLVerifyDepth 10
    SSLOptions +StdEnvVars +ExportCertData
    SSLCertificateFile /usr/local/shibboleth-sp-1.3/etc/shibboleth/idp.crt
    SSLCertificateKeyFile /usr/local/shibboleth-sp-1.3/etc/shibboleth/idp.key
    ProxyRequests Off
</VirtualHost>

I use this for Apache 2.2 and Shibboleth 2.0 (and please see the page at https://spaces.internet2.edu/display/SHIB2/IdPSPLocalTestInstall for a more complete set of instructions on the Shibboleth side):

Include /etc/shibboleth/apache22.config

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerName alan.ithaka.org
    ServerAdmin alan.brenner@ithaka.org
    DocumentRoot /Library/WebServer/Documents
    ProxyRequests Off
    ProxyPass /server-status !
    ProxyPass /server-info !
    ProxyPass /index.php !
    ProxyPass / http://127.0.0.1:8253/VirtualHostBase/http/alan.ithaka.org:80/test/VirtualHostRoot/
</VirtualHost>

Listen 443
<VirtualHost 172.16.209.1:443>
    DocumentRoot "/Library/WebServer/Documents"
    ServerName alan.ithaka.org:443
    ServerAdmin alan.brenner@ithaka.org
    ErrorLog "/var/log/apache2/error_log"
    TransferLog "/var/log/apache2/access_log"
    SSLEngine on
    SSLCipherSuite ALL:!ADH:!EXPORT56:RC4+RSA:+HIGH:+MEDIUM:+LOW:+SSLv2:+EXP:+eNULL
    SSLCertificateFile "/etc/apache2/server.crt"
    SSLCertificateKeyFile "/etc/apache2/server.key"
    <FilesMatch "\.(cgi|shtml|phtml|php)$">
        SSLOptions +StdEnvVars
    </FilesMatch>
    <Directory "/Library/WebServer/CGI-Executables">
        SSLOptions +StdEnvVars
    </Directory>
    BrowserMatch ".*MSIE.*" \
             nokeepalive ssl-unclean-shutdown \
             downgrade-1.0 force-response-1.0
    CustomLog "/var/log/apache2/ssl_request_log" \
              "%t %h %{SSL_PROTOCOL}x %{SSL_CIPHER}x \"%r\" %b"
    <Proxy *>
        Order deny,allow
        Allow from all
    </Proxy>
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{LA-U:REMOTE_USER} (.+)
    RewriteRule .* - [E=RW_RU:%1]
    RequestHeader set X_REMOTE_USER %{RW_RU}e
    RequestHeader set SHIB_PERSON_COMMONNAME %{displayName}e
    RequestHeader set SHIB_INETORGPERSON_MAIL %{mail}e
    RequestHeader set SHIB_ORGPERSON_LOCALITY %{l}e
    RequestHeader set SHIB_ORGPERSON_STATE %{st}e
    RequestHeader set SHIB_ORGPERSON_C %{c}e
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/(shibboleth-sp|server-(status|info)|index.php|secure)
    RewriteRule ^/(.*) http://127.0.0.1:8253/VirtualHostBase/https/alan.ithaka.org:443/test/VirtualHostRoot/$1 [L,P]
    <Location />
        AuthType shibboleth
        ShibRequireSession On
        require shibboleth
    </Location>
</VirtualHost>

<VirtualHost 172.16.60.1:443>
    DocumentRoot "/Library/WebServer/Documents"
    ServerName alanidp.ithaka.org:443
    ServerAdmin alan.brenner@ithaka.org
    ErrorLog "/var/log/apache2/error_idp_log"
    TransferLog "/var/log/apache2/access_idp_log"
    SSLEngine on
    SSLCipherSuite ALL:!ADH:!EXPORT56:RC4+RSA:+HIGH:+MEDIUM:+LOW:+SSLv2:+EXP:+eNULL
    SSLCertificateFile "/etc/apache2/server_idp.crt"
    SSLCertificateKeyFile "/etc/apache2/server_idp.key"
    <FilesMatch "\.(cgi|shtml|phtml|php)$">
        SSLOptions +StdEnvVars
    </FilesMatch>
    <Directory "/Library/WebServer/CGI-Executables">
        SSLOptions +StdEnvVars
    </Directory>
    BrowserMatch ".*MSIE.*" \
             nokeepalive ssl-unclean-shutdown \
             downgrade-1.0 force-response-1.0
    <FilesMatch "\.(cgi|shtml|phtml|php)$">
        SSLOptions +StdEnvVars
    </FilesMatch>
    <Proxy *>
        Order deny,allow
        Allow from all
    </Proxy>
    ProxyPass /idp/ ajp://127.0.0.1:8009/idp/
    <Location /idp/Authn/RemoteUser>
        AuthType Basic
        AuthName "IdPTest"
        AuthUserfile /etc/apache2/pass
        require valid-user
    </Location>
</VirtualHost>

Notice for Shibboleth 2, I’ve had to use a different host for the Identity Provider.

Shibboleth Changes

For Shibboleth 1.3, change the MemorySessionCache in the Service Provider’s shibboleth.xml file to increase values to avoid sessions expiring in 30 minutes:

<MemorySessionCache cleanupInterval="28800" cacheTimeout="60"
   AATimeout="30" AAConnectTimeout="15" defaultLifetime="28800"
   retryInterval="300" strictValidity="false" propagateErrors="false"/>

Here, you increase the cleanupInterval and defaultLifetime values in seconds.

For Shibboleth 2.0, change the LoginHandler entry in the Identity Provider’s handler.xml to increase values to avoid sessions expiring in 30 minutes:

<LoginHandler xsi:type="RemoteUser" authenticationDuration="480">

Here, you add the authenticationDuration value in minutes.

Configuration

Usernames with domain names

If your Apache setup includes a domain in the username, AutoUserMakerPASPlugin will, by default, strip it off. For example, if Apache sets X_REMOTE_USER to “fred@example.com”, AutoUserMakerPASPlugin will shorten it to “fred”. If you don’t want AutoUserMakerPASPlugin to do this (for example, if you are using a cross-domain authorization system like Shibboleth where this could cause name collisions)…

  1. In the ZMI, click your AutoUserMakerPASPlugin instance in acl_users.
  2. Click the “Do not strip domain names from usernames”.
  3. Click Save.

This can also be set up to strip names from specific DNS domains, by selecting the ‘Strip domain names from all usernames in the domain(s) below’ button, and entering domains in the input box below that button, then click Save.

Header Mapping

If you are using Shibboleth (http://shibboleth.internet2.edu/), additional data can be sent from Apache to Zope. Configure the values that the Shibboleth service provider is making available in the field for each input type, then click Save. This will allow AutoUserMakerPASPlugin to populate the basic Plone user attributes (full name, email, etc). Multiple environment variables can be searched for each attribute by listing them on individual lines. The first value found will be used.

Assigning Plone Roles, Groups or an Existing User

AutoUserMakerPASPlugin can map incoming attributes, to Plone roles, groups and already existing users.

  1. Add environment variables to check in the entry box near the bottom of the Options tab, and click save.
  2. Click the AuthZ tab, and in the Add Role Mapping section, enter regular expressions that should select incoming users. You don’t need to fill in all of the Source fields, but at least one should be. Blank fields match, so if no pattern is given, then all new users will be assigned as specified in the roles, user and group(s) columns.
  3. Either select roles, an existing user, or one or more groups to assign to users that match the given pattern(s).
  4. Click Save.

Once a mapping exists, there will be an area to edit the existing mapping, including deleting it.

Allowing Users to Share Content

If ShibbolethPermissions is installed, adding items in the last 2 input fields in the configuration tab sets up the values users can use to share content with. Enter environment variable names of the same sort used for assigning roles or setting user properties in the left input box. Enter labels in the right box that users will see for the variable on the same line in the left box, and click save.

Admitting only certain users

If you want to admit only a subset of the users that Apache recognizes…

  1. In the ZMI, click your ApacheAuthPluginHandler instance.
  2. Click the Properties tab.
  3. Put “Member” in the required_roles field.
  4. Click Save Changes.
  5. Use the Users and Groups Administration page in Plone to create the users you want to admit.

Users you have not added will still be able to satisfy Apache’s login prompt but will not be recognized by Plone.

Design Rationale (technical and only for the curious)

User Creation

We chose to actually create and store users in the PAS rather than just pretending they exist. If we had only pretended, then the users wouldn’t show up when you go to ‘your-plone-site/prefs_users_overview’ and click “Show all”. (Writing a ‘IUserEnumerationPlugin’ is impossible in our case, as the enterprise user store is none of Zope’s concern; Apache is the only thing that talks to the user store.)

Role Assignment

There were two ways we could have gone about giving users the Member role (which is what Plone requires in order to treat them as first-class citizens): (1) an ‘IRolesPlugin’ which would simply pretend everyone has the Member role or (2) actually assigning each user the Member role and storing the assignment in the ZODB (or, more correctly, wherever an active ‘IRoleAssignerPlugin’ chooses to store it). We chose (2) so you can uninstall Auto Member Maker later and have your users keep working. If we had done (1), you would need to manually assign the Member role to each of your users if you ever stopped using Auto Member Maker.

Testing

To run the AutoUserMakerPASPlugin tests, use the standard Zope testrunner:

$INSTANCE_HOME/bin/zopectl test -s Products.AutoUserMakerPASPlugin

Credits

apachepas

Originally developed by Rocky Burt (rocky AT serverzen.com) on behalf of “Zest Software”:http://zestsoftware.nl.

Version 1.1 by Erik Rose of “WebLion”, http://weblion.psu.edu/.

AutoMemberMakerPASPlugin

This product was developed by Erik Rose, of the WebLion group at Penn State University.

AutoUserMakerPASPlugin

Alan Brenner, of Ithaka Harbors, Inc., under the direction of the Research in Information Technology program of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundaton, combined apachepas and AutoMemberMaker, and added user, group and role mappings, and support for user level sharing. I’ve added tests as well. I’d like to thank Paul Yuergens of psych.ucla.edu, Li Cheng of pku.edu.cn and Yuri <yurj> of alfa.it for testing, and Alex Man of seas.ucla.edu for tracking down the Shibboleth 1.3 session expiration cause.

Contributors

  • Tom Gross, Author
  • David Beitey, Contributor
  • Sebastian Gottfried, Contributor
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