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EscherPHP

Installation

We are supporting Composer as a package manager. Please refer to Composer's documentation if you would like to install it to your project.

If Composer is installed, you can install the emartech-escher composer package by:

composer require emartech/escher

It will create a composer.json file if does not exist, and add Escher as a required library to your project.

Usage

To load the library, add the Composer autoloader to your code:

<?php

require 'vendor/autoload.php';

The library has 3 interfaces you can call. You can sign an HTTP request, you can presign a URL and you can validate a signed HTTP request or presigned URL (with the same method).

Signing a request

Escher works by calculating a cryptographic signature of your request, and adding it (and other authentication information) to the request. Usually you will want to add the authentication information by appending extra headers to it. Let's say you want to send a signed POST request to http://example.com/ using the GuzzleHttp library:

<?php

$method = 'POST';
$url = 'http://example.com';
$requestBody = '{"this_is": "a_request_body"}';
$yourHeaders = array('Content-Type' => 'application/json');

$headersWithAuthInfo = Escher::create('example/credential/scope')
    ->signRequest('YOUR ACCESS KEY ID', 'YOUR SECRET', $method, $url, $requestBody, $yourHeaders);
$client = new GuzzleHttp\Client();

$response = $client->post($url, array(
    'body' => $requestBody,
    'headers' => $headersWithAuthInfo
));

Presigning a URL

In some cases you may want to send authenticated requests from a context where you cannot modify the request headers, e.g. when embedding an API generated iframe. You can however generate a presigned URL, where the authentication information is added to the query string.

<?php

$presignedUrl = Escher::create('example/credential/scope')
    ->presignUrl('YOUR ACCESS KEY ID', 'YOUR SECRET', 'http://example.com');

Validating a request

You can validate a request signed by the methods described above. For that you will need a database of the access keys and secrets of your clients. Escher accepts any kind of object as a key database that implements the ArrayAccess interface. (It also accepts plain arrays, however it is not recommended to use a php array for a database of API secrets - it's just there to ease testing)

<?php

try {
    $keyDB = new ArrayObject(array(
        'ACCESS KEY OF CLIENT 1'  => 'SECRET OF CLIENT 1',
        'ACCESS KEY OF CLIENT 42' => 'SECRET OF CLIENT 42',
    ));
    Escher::create('example/credential/scope')->validateRequest($keyDB);
} catch (EscherException $ex) {
    echo 'The validation failed! ' . $ex->getMessage();
}