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This is a Zope PAS plugin that authenticates users against a CAS (Central Authentication Service) server.

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Author: jiangdongjin
Date: 2010/09/25


This is a Zope PAS plugin that authenticates users against a CAS (Central Authentication Service) server.

1   Introduction

anz.casclient is a PAS plugin that authenticates users against a CAS (Central Authentication Service) server.

2   Overview

anz.casclient implement a new PAS plugin ‘Anz CAS Client’. It enabling you to integrate your Zope sites into your CAS SSO solutions.

3   Credits

Thanks to those guys who developed the following products, without your works anz.casclient will never happen.

4   Comparison with CAS4PAS

CAS4PAS is the first(if not the only)CAS client used in Zope world, but it has only implemented partial CAS protocol, so comes anz.casclient.

anz.casclient have some advantages:

  • anz.casclient provides full CAS 1.0/2.0 protocol implementation.
  • anz.casclient implemented Single-Sign-Out.
  • anz.casclient provides a framework that similar as the official java client implementation, this will make it easy to follow the evolution of CAS client.

5   Requirements

  • Plone 3 or Plone 4
  • ZODB3>=3.8.3 (test under 3.8.3 only)
  • zope.proxy>=3.4.1 (test under 3.4.1 only)
  • zope.bforest

6   Installation

To install anz.casclient into the global Python environment (or a workingenv), using a traditional Zope 2 instance, you can do this:

  • When you’re reading this you have probably already run easy_install anz.casclient. Find out how to install setuptools (and EasyInstall) here:

  • Create a file called anz.casclient-configure.zcml in the /path/to/instance/etc/package-includes directory. The file should only contain this:

    <include package="anz.casclient" />

Alternatively, if you are using zc.buildout and the plone.recipe.zope2instance recipe to manage your project, you can do this:

  • Add anz.casclient to the list of eggs to install, e.g.:
eggs =
  • Tell the plone.recipe.zope2instance recipe to install a ZCML slug:
recipe = plone.recipe.zope2instance
zcml =
  • Re-run buildout, e.g. with:
$ ./bin/buildout

You can skip the ZCML slug if you are going to explicitly include the package from another package’s configure.zcml file.

7   How to use anz.casclient

7.1   Create ‘Anz CAS Client’ plugin

Go into ZMI, {your plone site}acl_users, add an ‘Anz CAS Client’ instance, choose any Id you like, we input ‘anz_casclient’ for example.

7.2   Configure ‘Anz CAS Client’ plugin

Go into {your plone site}acl_usersanz_casclient, in ‘Active’ tab active all four interface.

Click ‘Authentication’ to configure ‘Authentication Plugins’, move ‘anz_casclient’ to the top.

Click ‘Challenge’ to configure ‘Challenge Plugins’, move ‘anz_casclient’ to the top.

Click ‘Extraction’ to configure ‘Extraction Plugins’, move ‘anz_casclient’ to the top.

Go into ‘Properties’ tab to configure CAS related properties.

Property Required Note
serviceUrl False An identify of current service. CAS will redirects to here after login. Set this explicitly but not determine it automatically from request makes us get more security assurance. See here.
casServerUrlPrefix True The start of the CAS server URL.
useSession False Whether to store the Assertion in session or not. If sessions are not used, proxy granting ticket will be required for each request. Default set to True.
renew False If set to True, CAS will ask user for credentials again to authenticate, this may be used for high-security applications. Default set to False.
gateway False If set to True, CAS will not ask the user for credentials. If the user has a pre-existing single sign-on session with CAS, or if a single sign-on session can be established through non-interactive means(i.e. trust authentication), CAS MAY redirect the client to the URL specified by the “service” parameter, appending a valid service ticket.(CAS also MAY interpose an advisory page informing the client that a CAS authentication has taken place.) If the client does not have a single sign-on session with CAS, and a non-interactive authentication cannot be established, CAS MUST redirect the client to the URL specified by the “service” parameter with no “ticket” parameter appended to the URL. If the “service” parameter is not specified and “gateway” is set, the behavior of CAS is undefined. It is RECOMMENDED that in this case, CAS request credentials as if neither parameter was specified. This parameter is not compatible with the “renew” parameter. Behavior is undefined if both are set to True. See details here_.
ticketValidationSpecification True Use which CAS protocol to validate ticket. one of [‘CAS 1.0’,’CAS 2.0’]
proxyCallbackUrlPrefix False The start of the proxy callback url. You should set it point to current plugin with protocol ‘https’. The result url will be ‘{proxyCallbackUrlPrefix}/proxyCallback’. If set, it means this service will be used as a proxier to access back-end service on behalf of a particular user.
acceptAnyProxy False Whether any proxy is OK.
Allowed Proxy Chains False Allowed proxy chains. Each acceptable proxy chain should include a space-separated list of URLs. These URLs are proxier’s proxyCallbackUrl.

Example configures:

  • Set ‘serviceUrl’ to ‘http://{my plone site domain}:{port}/plone’
  • Set ‘casServerUrlPrefix’ to ‘https://{my cas server domain}:{port}/cas’
  • Set ‘useSession’ to True
  • Set ‘renew’ to False
  • Set ‘gateway’ to False
  • Set ‘ticketValidationSpecification’ to ‘CAS 2.0’
  • Set ‘proxyCallbackUrlPrefix’ to ‘https://{my plone site domain}:{port}/plone/acl_users/anz_casclient’
  • Set ‘acceptAnyProxy’ to False
  • Set ‘Allowed Proxy Chains’ to None

7.3   Configure ‘CAS login’ entrance

If you use ‘Log in’ link at the upper-right of the Plone page to login, you should hide the stock Plone ‘Log in’ action first. Then add a new one named ‘CAS log in’ there, set URL(Expression) to ‘string:${globals_view/navigationRootUrl}/caslogin’

Then add a Script(Python) named ‘caslogin’ into ‘portal_skins/custom’, its contents looks like:

## Script (Python) "caslogin"
##bind container=container
##bind context=context
##bind namespace=
##bind script=script
##bind subpath=traverse_subpath
##title=CAS Login
request = container.REQUEST

portal = context.portal_url.getPortalObject()
plugin = portal.acl_users.anz_casclient

if plugin.casServerUrlPrefix:
    url = plugin.getLoginURL() + '?service=' + plugin.getService()
    if plugin.renew:
        url += '&renew=true'
    if plugin.gateway:
        url += '&gateway=true'

    request.RESPONSE.redirect(  url, lock=1 )

If you use ‘login portlet’ to login, you should remove the stock Plone ‘login portlet’ first so as not to confuse users. Then you should write a new ‘CAS login portlet’ to authenticate users against CAS or customize collective.castle to work with anz.casclient.

7.4   Configure ‘CAS logout’ entrance

If you use ‘Log out’ link at the upper-right of the Plone page to logout, you should hide the stock Plone ‘Log out’ action first. Then add a new one named ‘CAS log out’ there, set URL(Expression) to ‘string:${globals_view/navigationRootUrl}/caslogout’

Then add a Script(Python) named ‘caslogout’ into ‘portal_skins/custom’, its contents looks like:

## Script (Python) "caslogout"
##bind container=container
##bind context=context
##bind namespace=
##bind script=script
##bind subpath=traverse_subpath
##title=CAS Logout
from Products.CMFCore.utils import getToolByName

request = container.REQUEST
portal = context.portal_url.getPortalObject()
cas_client_plugin = portal.acl_users.anz_casclient

mt = getToolByName( context, 'portal_membership' )
mt.logoutUser( REQUEST=request )

request.RESPONSE.redirect( cas_client_plugin.casServerUrlPrefix + '/logout' )

8   How to use proxy authentication

Proxy authentication is added by CAS 2.0, for the reason why do we need it, you can see the details here.

  1. Create two plone sites in one Zope instance, called them plone and backend.
  2. Create and configure ‘Anz CAS Client’ plugin on them(make sure both sites can authenticate users against your CAS server).
  3. anz.casclient carried a simple example to show how to use it, but it need you to do a little customization. Open with your favorite editor, find __init__ method and modify it to suit your situation:
def __init__( self, context, request ):
    super(ProxyAuthExampleView, self).__init__( context, request )

    # eg. http://xx.xx.xx.xx:8080/backend
    self.BACK_END_SERVICE_URL = 'http://{domain of your zope instance}:{port}/backend'

    # eg. /plone/acl_users/anz_casclient
    self.PATH_TO_PROXIER_PLUGIN = '/plone/acl_users/anz_casclient'

    # eg. /backend/acl_users/anz_casclient
    self.PATH_TO_BACK_END_PLUGIN = '/backend/acl_users/anz_casclient'
  1. After that restart your Zope, open a browser and login into site plone ( suppose user name is tom ).
  2. Modify location in your browser to http://{domain of your zope instance}:{port}/plone/@@proxyAuthExample/getUserInfoFromTargetService and click Enter, if all things goes well, you’ll see:
Hello, tom!

9   SAML service ticket validation

From version 1.1, the server is able to connect to a CAS server 3.x and above and validate the service ticket (ST) against the CAS server using SAML, in order to retrieve the extra fields for the authenticated user that the CAS server may be providing. To use his feature, it’s required to configure the plugin to use the SAML validation by configuring the SAMLValidate property to True.

In order to do something with the retrieved properties an event ISAMLPropertiesExist is emmited for a subscriber to be hooked into it.

10   ToDo

  • Add automation tests ( I really don’t know how to automation test this kind of package :) )

11   Changelog

11.1   1.1 (2015-08-06)

  • Fixed a problem in Plone 4.3 that forces to cast the resultant username to an str before passing it to plone.session for session creation. It’s needed to cast username which is an unicode type to an str as plone.session does a direct concatenation of unicode username and other string types that leads to an UnicodeDecode error otherwise. It’s needed to address plone.session to do not so. Meanwhile, casting the username assumes that there are non ascii chars in it [sneridagh]
  • Fixed a problem when used in a Zope/ZEO environment with multiple Zope clients. Make it work using the default Plone session factory solved the problem. [sneridagh]
  • Clean paster plugins in [sneridagh]
  • Add an extra validation for CAS2.0 service ticket via SAML. This enables the extraction of extra user properties. [sneridagh]

11.2   1.0.1

  • Update to support Plone4.

Note: When used under Plone3, please pin products version like this:


11.3   1.0

  • Initial release

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