Mod auth openidc
Please ask your host / server admin to install the mod_auth_openidc apache module on your member area server(s) (if not already installed). It would be best if your host / server admin can use one of the install packages. If not, your host / server admin can compile it from source. NATS OpenID Connect Server (OP) implementation supports mod_auth_openidc versions >= 2.2.0.
Member Area Configuration
- You will need to create a vanity script inside your members area. This should be a completely blank script that servers no content. It is only needed for the inner workings of the mod_auth_openidc apache module. The only requirement is that this script must be protected by the mod_auth_openidc apache module using either the <Directory> or the <Files> directives.
- You can optionally create an error template and an unauthorized page so that you have better control of what your members see in case of errors. This will allow you to control the look and feel of those pages as well as provide members with help (like links back to the login page).
- You might need to update the link to your members area. It will need to be a link to any script protected by the <Directory> or the <Files> directives other than the vanity script.
Documentation for all available apache settings is here. You can protect directories or individual files using the <Directory> or the <Files> directives. Here is an example:
<Directory /path/to/the/members/section> AuthType openid-connect Require valid-user </Directory>
If you choose to sign the reply from the userinfo endpoint (recommended), you will need to add this to your apache virtual host configuration:
If you do not have an ssl cert for the login page and/or your members area (not recommended), you will need to add this to your apache virtual host configuration:
If you choose to set up an error template, you will need to add this to your apache virtual host configuration:
If you choose to set up an unauthorized page, you will need to add this to your apache virtual host configuration:
ErrorDocument 401 <full or relative url to your unauthorized page>
To renew your access token, your members area can call this url:
<full or relative url of your vanity script>?refresh=<url of the page in the members area to redirect to on success>&access_token=<?=$_SERVER['OIDC_access_token']?>
If your members area needs access to the refresh token (not recommended), you will need to add this to your apache virtual host configuration:
If your NATS install is behind a load balancer, you will need the following setting
OIDCXForwardedHeaders <header> <another header (if needed)> <another header (if needed)>
The mod_auth_openidc apache module will add all claims received from the token and the userinfo endpoints to the $_SERVER superglobal. For example, if you enable the MEMBER_OPENID_BASE_INFO configuration option in your NATS install, you will get the trial flag value as part of the userinfo response. You can then use it in your code by using the $_SERVER['OIDC_CLAIM_trial'] variable. Please reference the OpenID Connect setup article for more info on available claims.
Please note that the member's username will be available in the following variables:
When protecting your members area, you can use the value of one of the claims. Here is an example:
<Directory /path/to/the/full/members/section> AuthType openid-connect Require claim trial:0 </Directory>
Example Virtual Host Settings
Here is an example extract from an apache virtual host for a members area:
<Directory /path/to/the/members/section> AuthType openid-connect Require valid-user </Directory> OIDCProviderMetadataURL <your NATS domain and protocol (preferably https)>/.well-known/member-openid-configuration OIDCClientID <NATS Site ID or a comma separated list of NATS Site IDs> OIDCClientSecret <value of the NATS MEMBER_OPENID_CLIENT_SECRET configuration option> OIDCScope openid OIDCRedirectURI <url of your vanity script> OIDCCryptoPassphrase <encryption password (make one up) that is used for cookie and cache data> OIDCSessionInactivityTimeout <period of inactivity (in seconds) before the member is logged out> OIDCSessionMaxDuration <the length of time (in seconds) before the member is logged out regardless of activity, access and refresh tokens> OIDCRemoteUserClaim username OIDCUserInfoRefreshInterval <length of time (in seconds) between calls to the userinfo endpoint> OIDCTokenBindingPolicy disabled OIDCRefreshAccessTokenBeforeExpiry <length of time (in seconds) before the current access token expires to use the refresh token to obtain a new access token> logout_on_error
vanity page (not a typo, it should be blank)
You are not allowed to view this page, please try logging in<br><br> <a href="<url of your members area>">Log In</a>
there was an error<br> message: %s<br> description: %s<br><br> <a href="<url of your members area>">Try Again</a>
logout button for the members area
<full or relative url of your vanity script>?logout=<url of the page to redirect the logged out member to>