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Thymeleaf "extras" integration module for Spring Security 3.x

README.markdown

Thymeleaf - Spring Security 3 integration module


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Status

This is a thymeleaf extras module, not a part of the Thymeleaf core (and as such following its own versioning schema), but fully supported by the Thymeleaf team.

Current versions:

  • Version 2.1.1.RELEASE - for Thymeleaf 2.1 (requires 2.1.2+)

License

This software is licensed under the Apache License 2.0.

Requirements

  • Thymeleaf 2.1.2+
  • Spring Framework version 3.0.x, 3.1.x, 3.2.x, 4.0.x
  • Spring Security version 3.0.x, 3.1.1+, 3.2.x
  • Web environment (Spring Security integration cannot work offline)

Maven info

  • groupId: org.thymeleaf.extras
  • artifactId: thymeleaf-extras-springsecurity3

Distribution packages

Distribution packages (binaries + sources + javadoc) can be downloaded from SourceForge.

Features

This module provides a new dialect called org.thymeleaf.extras.springsecurity3.dialect.SpringSecurityDialect, with default prefix sec. It includes:

  • New expression utility objects:
    • #authentication representing the Spring Security authentication object (an object implementing the org.springframework.security.core.Authentication interface).
    • #authorization: a expression utility object with methods for checking authorization based on expressions, URLs and Access Control Lists.
  • New attributes:
    • sec:authentication="prop" outputs a prop property of the authentication object, similar to the Spring Security <sec:authentication/> JSP tag.
    • sec:authorize="expr" or sec:authorize-expr="expr" renders the element children (tag content) if the authenticated user is authorized to see it according to the specified Spring Security expression.
    • sec:authorize-url="url" renders the element children (tag content) if the authenticated user is authorized to see the specified URL.
    • sec:authorize-acl="object :: permissions" renders the element children (tag content) if the authenticated user has the specified permissions on the specified domain object, according to Spring Source's Access Control List system.

Configuration

In order to use the thymeleaf-extras-springsecurity3 module in your Spring MVC application, we will first need to configure our application in the usual way for Spring + Thymeleaf applications (TemplateEngine bean, template resolvers, etc.), and add the SpringSecurity dialect to our Template Engine so that we can use the sec:* attributes and special expression utility objects:

    <bean id="templateEngine" class="org.thymeleaf.spring3.SpringTemplateEngine">
      ...
      <property name="additionalDialects">
        <set>
          <bean class="org.thymeleaf.extras.springsecurity3.dialect.SpringSecurityDialect"/>
        </set>
      </property>
      ...
    </bean>

And that's all!

Using the expression utility objects

The #authentication object can be easily used, like this:

    <div th:text="${#authentication.name}">
        The value of the "name" property of the authentication object should appear here.
    </div>

The #authorization object can be used in a similar way, normally in th:if or th:unlesstags:

    <div th:if="${#authorization.expression('hasRole(''ROLE_ADMIN'')')}">
        This will only be displayed if authenticated user has role ROLE_ADMIN.
    </div>

The #authorization object is an instance of org.thymeleaf.extras.springsecurity3.auth.Authorization, see this class and its documentation to understand all the methods offered.

Using the attributes

Using the sec:authentication attribute is equivalent to using the #authentication object, but using its own attribute:

    <div sec:authentication="name">
        The value of the "name" property of the authentication object should appear here.
    </div>

The sec:authorize and sec:authorize-expr attributes are exactly the same. They work equivalently to a th:if that evaluated an #authorization.expression(...) expression, by evaluating a Spring Security Expression:

    <div sec:authorize="hasRole('ROLE_ADMIN')">
        This will only be displayed if authenticated user has role ROLE_ADMIN.
    </div>

These Spring Security Expressions in sec:authorize attributes are in fact Spring EL expressions evaluated on a SpringSecurity-specific root object containing methods such as hasRole(...), getPrincipal(), etc.

As with normal Spring EL expressions, Thymeleaf allows you to access a series of objects from them including the context variables map (the #vars object). In fact, you are allowed to surround your access expression with ${...} if it makes you feel more comfortable:

    <div sec:authorize="${hasRole(#vars.expectedRole)}">
        This will only be displayed if authenticated user has a role computed by the controller.
    </div>

Remember that Spring Security sets a special security-oriented object as expression root, which is why you would not be able to access the expectedRole variable directly in the above expression.

Another way of checking authorization is sec:authorize-url, which allows you to check whether a user is authorized to visit a specific URL or not:

    <div sec:authorize-url="/admin">
        This will only be displayed if authenticated user can call the "/admin" URL.
    </div>

For specifying a specific HTTP method, do:

    <div sec:authorize-url="POST /admin">
        This will only be displayed if authenticated user can call the "/admin" URL
        using the POST HTTP method.
    </div>

Finally, there is an attribute for checking authorization using Spring Security's Access Control Lists, which needs the specification of a domain object and the permissions defined on it that we are asking for.

    <div sec:authorize-acl="${obj} :: '1,3'">
        This will only be displayed if authenticated user has permissions "1" and "3"
        on domain object referenced by context variable "obj".
    </div>

In this attribute, both domain object and permission specifications are considered to be thymeleaf Standard Expressions.

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