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JSON Web Token implementation in Ruby
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JWT

A Ruby implementation of JSON Web Token.

Installing

sudo gem install jwt

Algorithms and Usage

The JWT spec supports NONE, HMAC, RSASSA, ECDSA and RSASSA-PSS algorithms for cryptographic signing. Currently the jwt gem supports NONE, HMAC, RSASSA and ECDSA.

See: JSON Web Algorithms (JWA) 3.1. "alg" (Algorithm) Header Parameter Values for JWS

NONE

  • none - unsigned token
require 'jwt'

payload = {:data => 'test'}

# IMPORTANT: set nil as password parameter
token = JWT.encode payload, nil, 'none'

# eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJub25lIn0.eyJ0ZXN0IjoiZGF0YSJ9.
puts token

# Set password to nil and validation to false otherwise this won't work
decoded_token = JWT.decode token, nil, false

# Array
# [
#   {"test"=>"data"}, # payload
#   {"typ"=>"JWT", "alg"=>"RS256"} # header
# ]
puts decoded_token

HMAC (default: HS256)

  • HS256 - HMAC using SHA-256 hash algorithm (default)
  • HS384 - HMAC using SHA-384 hash algorithm
  • HS512 - HMAC using SHA-512 hash algorithm
hmac_secret = 'my$ecretK3y'

token = JWT.encode payload, hmac_secret, 'HS256'

# eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJ0ZXN0IjoiZGF0YSJ9._sLPAGP-IXgho8BkMGQ86N2mah7vDyn0L5hOR4UkfoI
puts token

decoded_token = JWT.decode token, hmac_secret

# Array
# [
#   {"test"=>"data"}, # payload
#   {"typ"=>"JWT", "alg"=>"RS256"} # header
# ]
puts decoded_token

RSA

  • RS256 - RSA using SHA-256 hash algorithm
  • RS384 - RSA using SHA-384 hash algorithm
  • RS512 - RSA using SHA-512 hash algorithm
rsa_private = OpenSSL::PKey::RSA.generate 2048
rsa_public = rsa_private.public_key

token = JWT.encode payload, rsa_private, 'RS256'

# eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJSUzI1NiJ9.eyJ0ZXN0IjoiZGF0YSJ9.c2FynXNyi6_PeKxrDGxfS3OLwQ8lTDbWBWdq7oMviCy2ZfFpzvW2E_odCWJrbLof-eplHCsKzW7MGAntHMALXgclm_Cs9i2Exi6BZHzpr9suYkrhIjwqV1tCgMBCQpdeMwIq6SyKVjgH3L51ivIt0-GDDPDH1Rcut3jRQzp3Q35bg3tcI2iVg7t3Msvl9QrxXAdYNFiS5KXH22aJZ8X_O2HgqVYBXfSB1ygTYUmKTIIyLbntPQ7R22rFko1knGWOgQCoYXwbtpuKRZVFrxX958L2gUWgb4jEQNf3fhOtkBm1mJpj-7BGst00o8g_3P2zHy-3aKgpPo1XlKQGjRrrxA
puts token

decoded_token = JWT.decode token, rsa_public

# Array
# [
#   {"test"=>"data"}, # payload
#   {"typ"=>"JWT", "alg"=>"RS256"} # header
# ]
puts decoded_token

ECDSA

  • ES256 - ECDSA using P-256 and SHA-256
  • ES384 - ECDSA using P-384 and SHA-384
  • ES512 - ECDSA using P-521 and SHA-512
ecdsa_key = OpenSSL::PKey::EC.new 'prime256v1'
ecdsa_key.generate_key
ecdsa_public = OpenSSL::PKey::EC.new ecdsa_key
ecdsa_public.private_key = nil

token = JWT.encode payload, ecdsa_key, 'ES256'

# eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJFUzI1NiJ9.eyJ0ZXN0IjoiZGF0YSJ9.MEQCIAtShrxRwP1L9SapqaT4f7hajDJH4t_rfm-YlZcNDsBNAiB64M4-JRfyS8nRMlywtQ9lHbvvec9U54KznzOe1YxTyA
puts token

decoded_token = JWT.decode token, ecdsa_public

# Array
# [
#    {"test"=>"data"}, # payload
#    {"typ"=>"JWT", "alg"=>"ES256"} # header
# ]
puts decoded_token

RSASSA-PSS

Not implemented.

Support for reserved claim names

JSON Web Token defines some reserved claim names and defines how they should be used. JWT supports these reserved claim names:

  • 'exp' (Expiration Time) Claim
  • 'nbf' (Not Before Time) Claim
  • 'iss' (Issuer) Claim
  • 'aud' (Audience) Claim
  • 'jti' (JWT ID) Claim
  • 'iat' (Issued At) Claim
  • 'sub' (Subject) Claim

Expiration Time Claim

From Oauth JSON Web Token 4.1.4. "exp" (Expiration Time) Claim:

The exp (expiration time) claim identifies the expiration time on or after which the JWT MUST NOT be accepted for processing. The processing of the exp claim requires that the current date/time MUST be before the expiration date/time listed in the exp claim. Implementers MAY provide for some small leeway, usually no more than a few minutes, to account for clock skew. Its value MUST be a number containing a NumericDate value. Use of this claim is OPTIONAL.

Handle Expiration Claim

exp = Time.now.to_i + 4 * 3600
exp_payload = { :data => 'data', :exp => exp }

token = JWT.encode exp_payload, hmac_secret, 'HS256'

begin
  decoded_token = JWT.decode token, hmac_secret
rescue JWT::ExpiredSignature
  # Handle expired token, e.g. logout user or deny access
end

Adding Leeway

exp = Time.now.to_i - 10
leeway = 30 # seconds

exp_payload = { :data => 'data', :exp => exp }

# build expired token
token = JWT.encode exp_payload, hmac_secret, 'HS256'

begin
  # add leeway to ensure the token is still accepted
  decoded_token = JWT.decode token, hmac_secret, true, { :leeway => leeway }
rescue JWT::ExpiredSignature
  # Handle expired token, e.g. logout user or deny access
end

Not Before Time Claim

From Oauth JSON Web Token 4.1.5. "iss" (Issuer) Claim:

The nbf (not before) claim identifies the time before which the JWT MUST NOT be accepted for processing. The processing of the nbf claim requires that the current date/time MUST be after or equal to the not-before date/time listed in the nbf claim. Implementers MAY provide for some small leeway, usually no more than a few minutes, to account for clock skew. Its value MUST be a number containing a NumericDate value. Use of this claim is OPTIONAL.

Handle Not Before Claim

nbf = Time.now.to_i - 3600
nbf_payload = { :data => 'data', :nbf => nbf }

token = JWT.encode nbf_payload, hmac_secret, 'HS256'

begin
  decoded_token = JWT.decode token, hmac_secret
rescue JWT::ImmatureSignature
  # Handle invalid token, e.g. logout user or deny access
end

Adding Leeway

nbf = Time.now.to_i + 10
leeway = 30

nbf_payload = { :data => 'data', :nbf => nbf }

# build expired token
token = JWT.encode nbf_payload, hmac_secret, 'HS256'

begin
  # add leeway to ensure the token is valid
  decoded_token = JWT.decode token, hmac_secret, true, { :leeway => leeway }
rescue JWT::ImmatureSignature
  # Handle invalid token, e.g. logout user or deny access
end

Issuer Claim

From Oauth JSON Web Token 4.1.1. "iss" (Issuer) Claim:

The iss (issuer) claim identifies the principal that issued the JWT. The processing of this claim is generally application specific. The iss value is a case-sensitive string containing a StringOrURI value. Use of this claim is OPTIONAL.

iss = 'My Awesome Company Inc. or https://my.awesome.website/'
iss_payload = { :data => 'data', :iss => iss }

token = JWT.encode iss_payload, hmac_secret, 'HS256'

begin
  # Add iss to the validation to check if the token has been manipulated
  decoded_token = JWT.decode token, hmac_secret, true, { 'iss' => iss, :verify_iss => true }
rescue JWT::InvalidIssuerError
  # Handle invalid token, e.g. logout user or deny access
end

Audience Claim

From Oauth JSON Web Token 4.1.3. "aud" (Audience) Claim:

The aud (audience) claim identifies the recipients that the JWT is intended for. Each principal intended to process the JWT MUST identify itself with a value in the audience claim. If the principal processing the claim does not identify itself with a value in the aud claim when this claim is present, then the JWT MUST be rejected. In the general case, the aud value is an array of case-sensitive strings, each containing a StringOrURI value. In the special case when the JWT has one audience, the aud value MAY be a single case-sensitive string containing a StringOrURI value. The interpretation of audience values is generally application specific. Use of this claim is OPTIONAL.

aud = ['Young', 'Old']
aud_payload = { :data => 'data', :aud => aud }

token = JWT.encode aud_payload, hmac_secret, 'HS256'

begin
  # Add auf to the validation to check if the token has been manipulated
  decoded_token = JWT.decode token, hmac_secret, true, { 'aud' => aud, :verify_aud => true }
rescue JWT::InvalidAudError
  # Handle invalid token, e.g. logout user or deny access
  puts 'Audience Error'
end

JWT ID Claim

From Oauth JSON Web Token 4.1.7. "iss" (Issuer) Claim:

The jti (JWT ID) claim provides a unique identifier for the JWT. The identifier value MUST be assigned in a manner that ensures that there is a negligible probability that the same value will be accidentally assigned to a different data object; if the application uses multiple issuers, collisions MUST be prevented among values produced by different issuers as well. The jti claim can be used to prevent the JWT from being replayed. The jti value is a case-sensitive string. Use of this claim is OPTIONAL.

user_id = 'email@address.tld'
# in order to use JTI you have to add iat
iat = Time.now.to_i
# Use the secret and iat to create a unique key per request to prevent replay attacks
jti_raw = [hmac_secret, iat].join(':').to_s
jti = Digest::MD5.hexdigest(jti_raw)
jti_payload = { :data => 'data', :iat => iat, :jti => jti }

token = JWT.encode jti_payload, hmac_secret, 'HS256'

begin
  # Add jti and iat to the validation to check if the token has been manipulated
  decoded_token = JWT.decode token, hmac_secret, true, { 'iat' => iat, 'jti' => jti, :verify_jti => true }
  # Check if the JTI has already been used
rescue JWT::InvalidJtiError
  # Handle invalid token, e.g. logout user or deny access
  puts 'Error'
end

Issued At Claim

From Oauth JSON Web Token 4.1.6. "iat" (Issuer) Claim:

The iat (issued at) claim identifies the time at which the JWT was issued. This claim can be used to determine the age of the JWT. Its value MUST be a number containing a NumericDate value. Use of this claim is OPTIONAL.

iat = Time.now.to_i
iat_payload = { :data => 'data', :iat => iat }

token = JWT.encode iat_payload, hmac_secret, 'HS256'

begin
  # Add iss to the validation to check if the token has been manipulated
  decoded_token = JWT.decode token, hmac_secret, true, { 'iat' => iat, :verify_iat => true }
rescue JWT::InvalidIatError
  # Handle invalid token, e.g. logout user or deny access
end

Subject Claim

From Oauth JSON Web Token 4.1.2. "sub" (Subject) Claim:

The sub (subject) claim identifies the principal that is the subject of the JWT. The Claims in a JWT are normally statements about the subject. The subject value MUST either be scoped to be locally unique in the context of the issuer or be globally unique. The processing of this claim is generally application specific. The sub value is a case-sensitive string containing a StringOrURI value. Use of this claim is OPTIONAL.

sub = 'Subject'
sub_payload = { :data => 'data', :sub => sub }

token = JWT.encode sub_payload, hmac_secret, 'HS256'

begin
  # Add iss to the validation to check if the token has been manipulated
  decoded_token = JWT.decode token, hmac_secret, true, { 'sub' => sub, :verify_sub => true }
rescue JWT::InvalidSubError
  # Handle invalid token, e.g. logout user or deny access
end

Development and Tests

We depend on Echoe for defining gemspec and performing releases to rubygems.org, which can be done with

rake release

The tests are written with rspec. Given you have rake and rspec, you can run tests with

rake test

If you want a release cut with your PR, please include a version bump according to Semantic Versioning

Contributors

License

MIT

Copyright (c) 2011 Jeff Lindsay

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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