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README.rst

django-cas-consumer

Chris Williams <chris@nitron.org>

OVERVIEW

django-cas-provider is a consumer for the Central Authentication Service. It supports CAS version 1.0. It allows remote services to authenticate users for the purposes of Single Sign-On (SSO). For example, a user logs into a CAS server (provided by django-cas-provider) and can then access other services (such as email, calendar, etc) without re-entering her password for each service. For more details, see the CAS wiki. It is meant to be used alongside django-cas-provider.

INSTALLATION

To install, run the following command from this directory:

python setup.py install

Or, put cas_consumer somewhere on your Python path.

USAGE

  1. Add 'cas_consumer' to your INSTALLED_APPS tuple in settings.py.
  2. In settings.py, set LOGIN_URL to '/cas/login/' and LOGOUT_URL to '/cas/logout/'
  3. In settings.py, set the CAS_* settings (detailed below).
  4. In urls.py, put the following line: (r'^cas/', include('cas_consumer.urls')),
  5. Add 'cas_consumer.backends.CASBackend' to your AUTHENTICATION_BACKENDS tuple in settings.py

SETTINGS

  • CAS_BASE: The base URL of the CAS provider. Example: 'http://provider.com/cas/'. No default.
  • CAS_SERVICE: The "service" URL to report to the provider. Example: 'http://example.com/cas/login/'. No default.
  • CAS_NEXT_DEFAULT: URL to redirect to after successful login. Example (default): '/'
  • CAS_COMPLETELY_LOGOUT: Boolean. If True, the CAS provider will be notified of logout. Default: True
  • CAS_REDIRECT_ON_LOGOUT: URL to redirect to after logout. Example (default): '/'
  • CAS_USERINFO_CALLBACK (optional): Python callable that retrieves full name, email, etc from an external source. Default: None

OTHER SETTINGS

For non-standard CAS implementations, it's sometimes necessary to fudge on a few of the details. These settings allow you to do that.

  • CAS_SERVICE_LABEL: Name of the GET variable carrying the service info. Defaults to service
  • CAS_TICKET_LABEL: Name of the GET variable carrying the ticket info. Defaults to ticket
  • CAS_EXTRA_LOGIN_PARAMS: Dictionary of extra params that need to be passed to the server on a login request.
  • CAS_EXTRA_VALIDATION_PARAMS: Dictionary of extra params that need to be passed to the server on ticket validation.
  • CAS_LOGIN_URL: The url, relative to the CAS_BASE, where login requests to the server should be made. Defaults to login/ (notice the lack of a leading slash)
  • CAS_VALIDATE_URL: The url, relative to the CAS_BASE, where validation requests to the server should be made. Defaults to validate/ (notice the lack of a leading slash)
  • CAS_URLENCODE_PARAMS: Whether or not to use url encoding when making requests to the server. This is to address server implementations that don't properly url encode their data and don't expect url-encoded data. Defaults to True obviously, as not url-encoding breaks any data with special characters.

CAS_USERINFO_CALLBACK

Example:

def getUserInfo(user):
    """ Calls getFirstName, getLastName, getEmail, which call
        a remote service to get that information.
        Their implementations are not important for this
        example.
    """
    user.first_name = getFirstName(user.username)
    user.last_name = getLastName(user.username)
    user.email = getEmail(user.username)
    user.save()

In settings.py:

from your_app.helpers import getUserInfo
CAS_USERINFO_CALLBACK = getUserInfo

Servers requiring a specific ordering of parameters

Some CAS server implementations require that GET variables arrive in a specific order. In that case, the CAS_EXTRA_LOGIN_PARAMS and CAS_EXTRA_VALIDATION_PARAMS dictionaries can be used to enforce that order by using ordered dictionary classes. For example, to enforce a specific ordering of parameters on the validation request to the server (along with adding an extra parameter), you could define the following in you settings.py

from odict import odict

CAS_EXTRA_VALIDATION_PARAMS = odict((
        ('cassvc', 'IU'),
        (CAS_TICKET_LABEL, None),
        (CAS_SERVICE_LABEL, None)))

The odict package can be installed via pypi and can also be found via the [Plone Archetypes SVN repo](https://svn.plone.org/svn/archetypes/AGX/odict/). Any Class that implements both the update() and items() dict methods should work though.