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This is a repoze.who plugin for automated authentication via BrowserID:

The plugin implements an experimental protocol for authenticating to ReSTful web services with the Verified Email Protocol, a.k.a Mozilla’s BrowserID project. It is designed for use in automated tools like the Firefox Sync Client. If you’re looking for something to use for human visitors on your site, please try:

When accessing a protected resource, the server will generate a 401 challenge response with the scheme “OAuth+VEP” as follows:

> GET /protected_resource HTTP/1.1
> Host:

< HTTP/1.1 401 Unauthorized
< WWW-Authenticate: OAuth+VEP url="/request_token"

The client should extract the url from this challenge and POST a VEP assertion to that location. This will create a new authentication session and return a set of OAuth client credentials:

> POST /request_token HTTP/1.1
> Host:
> Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded

< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< Content-Type: application/json
< {
<   "oauth_consumer_key": SESSION_TOKEN,
<   "oauth_consumer_secret": SESSION_SECRET
< }

Subsequent requests should be signed using these credentials in Two-Legged OAuth mode:

> GET /protected_resource HTTP/1.1
> Host:
> Authorization: OAuth oauth_consumer_key=SESSION_TOKEN,
>                      oauth_signature_method="HMAC-SHA1",
>                      oauth_version="1.0",
>                      oauth_timestamp=TIMESTAMP,
>                      oauth_nonce=NONCE
>                      oauth_signature=SIGNATURE

< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< Content-Type: text/plain
< For your eyes only:  secret data!

Session tokens are timestamped and will eventually expire. If this happens you will receive a 401 response as before, and should POST a new assertion to obtain fresh credentials.

Extending the token management

repoze.who.plugins.vepauth is extensible. If you want to provide a different mechanism to manage the tokens, you can do so by providing a different token manager instance to the plugin with the token_manager option.

The TokenManager class have two methods than need to be implemented (it’s an abstract class): make_token and parse_token. The implementation details are left to the childs classes.

repose.who.plugins.vepauth comes with one SignedTokenManager which implement a simple token management class in pure python. It has a number of methods that can be overridden to customize its behavior.

0.3.0 - 2012-02-14

0.2.0 - 2012-02-14

  • Added basic pattern-matching for the token_url, e.g. “/{app}/token”.

  • Made TokenManager.make_token and TokenManager.parse_token accept the incoming request as first argument, mostly so they can get at the results of pattern-matching.

  • Let TokenManager.make_token return a dict of extra info to be included in the response.

0.1.0 - 2012-02-07

  • Initial release.

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