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Flask extension implementing TLS Authentication - simple client certificate CA inclusive

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* Flask-TLSAuth

Flask-TLSAuth integrates a minimal certificate authority (CA) and
implements TLS client certificate authentication. It depends on nginx
for handling the TLS authentication part.

** Installation
pip install flask_tlsauth
Flask-TLSAuth depends on tlsauth which provides minimal tools to
act as a CA. Please follow the "CA and https service install" steps
from to set up your webserver and CA.

** tlsauth decorator
Flask-TLSAuth provides a simple decorator to guard your entry points:
#+BEGIN_SRC python
from flask import Flask, Response, redirect
import os
app = Flask(__name__)
app.secret_key = 'some secret randomness'

# we need a CA
from tlsauth import CertAuthority
import flask_tlsauth as tlsauth

# previously we setup up the CA according to the tlsauth doc

adminOs=['CA admins']
# grants admin access to anyone with a
# valid cert asserting membership in "CA admins"
tlsauth.tlsauth_init(app, ca, groups=adminOs)

def unauth():
return redirect("/")


# lets protect this valuable function,
# redirecting unauthorized visitors to /
@tlsauth.tlsauth(unauth=unauth, groups=adminOs)
def hello():
return Response("hello world")

** Managing certs
Flask-TLSAuth provides a few default routes to manage the certs and
the CA.

*** /tlsauth/register/
Visitors can register like on a normal site, but when done, they get a
PKCS12 certificate ready to be saved and imported in all
browsers. This is totally automatic and there's no check if the
specified organization is not a privileged one (like "CA admins" in
the above example). This really provides no security, for bots and
scripts it's even easier to use these certs than for normal humans.
Other mechanisms must be deployed to provide meaningful authentication.

*** /tlsauth/certify/
Visitors can submit their Certificate Signing Request (can be easily
generated using from tlsauth), which depending on
configuration either returns automatically a signed certificate (no
meaningful authentication this way, avoid this!), or it gets stored
for later approval by the "CA admins".

*** /tlsauth/cert/
Returns the CA root certificate in PEM format, for import into your browser.

*** /tlsauth/csrs/
Displays a list of incoming CSRs to any certified member of the "CA
admin" group. The certs can be either rejected or signed, in the later
case the resulting certificate is sent to the email address of the

*** /tlsauth/test/
Displays whether you are TLS authenticated and what your distinguished name is.

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