Delphi implementation of JOSE (JSON Object Signing and Encryption) and JWT (JSON Web Token)
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Delphi JOSE and JWT Library


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Delphi implementation of JWT (JSON Web Token) and the JOSE (JSON Object Signing and Encryption) specification suite. This library supports the JWS (JWE support is planned) compact serializations with several JOSE algorithms.

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Important: OpenSSL requirements

HMAC using SHA algorithm

Prior to Delphi 10 Seattle the the HMAC-SHA algorithm uses OpenSSL through the Indy library, so in order to generate the token you should have the OpenSSL DLLs in your server system.

In Delphi 10 Seattle or newer Delphi versions the HMAC algorithm is also is the System.Hash unit so OpenSSL is not needed.

HMAC using RSA algorithm

The HMAC-RSA algorithm uses necessarily OpenSSL so if you plan to use this algorithm to sign your token you have to download and deploy OpenSSL (on the server).

Client-side considerations

Please keep in mind that the client doesn't have to generate or verify the token (using SHA or RSA) so on the client-side there's no need for the OpenSSL DLLs.

OpenSSL download

If you need the OpenSSL library on the server, you can download the package at the fulgan website (keep in mind to always update to the latest version and to match you application's bitness)

What is JOSE

JOSE is a standard that provides a general approach to signing and encryption of any content. JOSE consists of several RFC:

General Features

Token serialization

  • One method call to serialize a token

Token deserialization

  • One method call to validate and deserialize a compact token

Claims validation

  • exp, iat, nbf, aud, iss, sub claims validatation: supported
  • Easy to use TJOSEConsumer and TJOSEConsumerBuilder classes to validate token with a fine granularity
  • Easy to write custom validators!

Signing algorithms

  • NONE algorithm: supported (but discouraged)
  • HS256, HS384, HS512 algorithms: supported
  • RS256, RS384, RS512 algorithms: supported (thanks to SirAlex)
  • ES256, ES384, ES512 algorithms - not (yet) supported

Security notes

Projects using Delphi JOSE and JWT

Todo

Features
  • JWE support
  • Support of other crypto libraries (TMS Cryptography Pack, etc...)
Code
  • Unit Tests
  • More examples

Prerequisite

This library has been tested with Delphi 10.2 Tokyo, Delphi 10.1 Berlin and Delphi XE6 but with a minimum amount of work it should compile with D2010 and higher

Libraries/Units dependencies

This library has no dependencies on external libraries/units.

Delphi units used:

  • System.JSON (DXE6+) (available on earlier Delphi versions as Data.DBXJSON)
  • System.Rtti (D2010+)
  • System.Generics.Collections (D2009+)
  • System.NetEncoding (DXE7+)
  • Indy units: IdHMAC, IdHMACSHA1, IdSSLOpenSSL, IdHash

Indy notes

  • Please use always the latest version from svn

Installation

Simply add the source path "Source/Common" and Source/JOSE" to your Delphi project path and.. you are good to go!

Code Examples

Creating a token

To create a token, simply create an instance of the TJWT class and set the properties (claims).

Using TJOSE utility class

The easiest way to serialize, deserialize, verify a token is to use the TJOSEutility class:

var
  LToken: TJWT;
  LCompactToken: string;
begin
  LToken := TJWT.Create;
  try
    // Token claims
    LToken.Claims.Issuer := 'WiRL REST Library';
    LToken.Claims.Subject := 'Paolo Rossi';
    LToken.Claims.Expiration := Now + 1;

    // Signing and Compact format creation
    LCompactToken := TJOSE.SHA256CompactToken('my_very_long_and_safe_secret_key', LToken);
    mmoCompact.Lines.Add(LCompactToken);
  finally
    LToken.Free;
  end;

Using TJWT, TJWS and TJWK classes

Using the TJWT, TJWS and TJWK classes you have more control over the creation of the final compact token.

var
  LToken: TJWT;
  LSigner: TJWS;
  LKey: TJWK;
  LAlg: TJOSEAlgorithmId;
begin
  LToken := TJWT.Create;
  try
    LToken.Claims.Subject := 'Paolo Rossi';
    LToken.Claims.Issuer := 'Delphi JOSE Library';
    LToken.Claims.IssuedAt := Now;
    LToken.Claims.Expiration := Now + 1;

    // Signing algorithm
    case cbbAlgorithm.ItemIndex of
      0: LAlg := TJOSEAlgorithmId.HS256;
      1: LAlg := TJOSEAlgorithmId.HS384;
      2: LAlg := TJOSEAlgorithmId.HS512;
    else LAlg := TJOSEAlgorithmId.HS256;
    end;

    LSigner := TJWS.Create(LToken);
    LKey := TJWK.Create(edtSecret.Text);
    try
      // With this option you can have keys < algorithm length
      LSigner.SkipKeyValidation := True;
      LSigner.Sign(LKey, LAlg);

      memoCompact.Lines.Add('Header: ' + LSigner.Header);
      memoCompact.Lines.Add('Payload: ' + LSigner.Payload);
      memoCompact.Lines.Add('Signature: ' + LSigner.Signature);
      memoCompact.Lines.Add('Compact Token: ' + LSigner.CompactToken);
    finally
      LKey.Free;
      LSigner.Free;
    end;
  finally
    LToken.Free;
  end;

Unpack and verify a token's signature

Unpacking and verifying tokens is simple.

Using TJOSE utility class

You have to pass the key and the token compact format to the TJOSE.Verify class function

var
  LKey: TJWK;
  LToken: TJWT;
begin
  LKey := TJWK.Create('my_very_long_and_safe_secret_key');
  // Unpack and verify the token
  LToken := TJOSE.Verify(LKey, FCompactToken);

  if Assigned(LToken) then
  begin
    try
      if LToken.Verified then
        mmoJSON.Lines.Add('Token signature is verified')
      else
        mmoJSON.Lines.Add('Token signature is not verified')
    finally
      LToken.Free;
    end;
  end;

end;

Unpacking and token validation

Using the new class TJOSEConsumer it's very easy to validate the token's claims. The TJOSEConsumer object is built with the TJOSEConsumerBuilder utility class using the fluent interface.

var
  LConsumer: TJOSEConsumer;
begin
  LConsumer := TJOSEConsumerBuilder.NewConsumer
    .SetClaimsClass(TJWTClaims)
    // JWS-related validation
    .SetVerificationKey(edtConsumerSecret.Text)
    .SetSkipVerificationKeyValidation
    .SetDisableRequireSignature

    // string-based claims validation
    .SetExpectedSubject('paolo-rossi')
    .SetExpectedAudience(True, ['Paolo'])

    // Time-related claims validation
    .SetRequireIssuedAt
    .SetRequireExpirationTime
    .SetEvaluationTime(IncSecond(FNow, 26))
    .SetAllowedClockSkew(20, TJOSETimeUnit.Seconds)
    .SetMaxFutureValidity(20, TJOSETimeUnit.Minutes)

    // Build the consumer object
    .Build();

  try
    LConsumer.Process(Compact);
  except
    on E: Exception do
      memoLog.Lines.Add(E.Message);
  end;
  LConsumer.Free;

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