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Social Login

Implementing Social logins#

You can use a PersonAuthenticationType script to allow users to sign using credentials from popular Social Identity providers or Inbound Identity Providers like Facebook, Google and Apple. After users authenticate, we provision their Social Identity Provider credentials into the Jans-auth server. No additional username, password, credentials are needed for this user.

  1. Facebook
  2. Google
  3. Apple

Following is a high-level diagram depicting a typical flow - user authentication on a Social Identity Platform and subsequent user provisioning on Jans-Auth server.

You can copy paste this sequence in

title Social login
Jans AS<-User agent: 1. Invoke /authorize endpoint
Jans AS->User agent: 2. Discovery: Present list of remote IDPs (Google, Apple, FB...)
User agent->Jans AS: 3. Select IDP (e.g. click on button)
Jans AS->Social login Identity Provider: 4. Redirects login request to IDP

loop n times - (multistep authentication)
Social login Identity Provider->User agent: 5. present login screen
User agent->Social login Identity Provider: 6. present credentials

Social login Identity Provider->Jans AS: 7. return id_token, user claims
Jans AS->Jans AS: 8. validate id_token,\ncreate internal Jans session
opt if new user
  Jans AS->Jans AS: 9. Dynamic enrollment or registration

Jans AS->User agent: 10. write Jans session cookie
Social Sign-In

User provisioning#

After a user has logged in at an external provider a new record is added in local LDAP - or updated if the user is known.

To determine if a user was already added, a string is composed with the provider name and the user ID. For example, if user "MrBrown123" has logged in at Twitter, the string would look like passport-twitter:mrbrown123. An LDAP search is performed for a match in the people branch for an entry where attribute jansExtUid equals passport-twitter:mrbrown123.

If there are no matches, an entry is added using the values received from the external provider (after having applied the corresponding attribute mapping) attaching the computed value for jansExtUid. The user profile can contain single or multivalued attributes.

📝 The prefix passport-<provider-name> is used to keep the code compatible with the Passport.js implementation for Inbound Identity

Last update: 2023-04-03
Created: 2022-07-21