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Person Authentication Interception Script#


This document will explain how to use open banking's interception script to configure the Jans-Auth Server to configure authentication steps - receive the /authorize endpoint request, redirect to the consent app and return back to the authorization server which finally generates access tokens / id tokens.

Configuration Prerequisites#

  • A Janssen Authorization Server installation
  • [Person authentication script] ( - included in the default Janssen OpenBanking distribution
  • Setting configuration Parameters

Adding the custom script#

  1. To add or update custom scripts, you can use either jans-cli or curl. jans-cli in interactive mode, option 13 enables you manage custom scripts. For more info, see the docs.
  2. jans-cli in command line argument mode is more conducive to scripting and automation. To display the available operations for custom scripts, use --info CustomScripts. See the docs for more info.
  3. To use curl see these docs


You can normally find in the /opt/jans/jans-cli/ folder.

The person authentication custom script will use configuration parameters like redirect_url which signifies the URL of the consent app.

Property Description Example
redirect_url Redirect to the consent app
tpp_jwks_url Used for encoding jwt

Steps to add / edit / delete configuration parameters 1. Place a JSON file containing the above configuration parameters and the custom script in a folder.

  1. From this folder, run the following command:
python3 jans-cli-linux-amd64.pyz --operation-id post-config-scripts --data /personauthentication.json \
--cert-file jans_cli_client.crt --key-file jans_cli_client.key


You can get the Person Authentication script

Following are the mandatory functions which need to be implemented in order to perform authentication -

  1. Initialization and mandatory methods

    class PersonAuthentication(PersonAuthenticationType):
        def __init__(self, currentTimeMillis):
            self.currentTimeMillis = currentTimeMillis   
        def init(self, customScript, configurationAttributes):
            if (not configurationAttributes.containsKey("tpp_jwks_url")):
                print "Person Authentication. Initialization. Property tpp_jwks_url is not specified"
                return False
                self.tpp_jwks_url = configurationAttributes.get("tpp_jwks_url").getValue2() 
            return True   
        def destroy(self, configurationAttributes):
            return True
        def getApiVersion(self):
            return 11
        def getAuthenticationMethodClaims(self, requestParameters):
            return None
        def isValidAuthenticationMethod(self, usageType, configurationAttributes):
            return True
        def getAlternativeAuthenticationMethod(self, usageType, configurationAttributes):
            return None
        def logout(self, configurationAttributes, requestParameters):
            return True
  2. The first function which is invoked in a person authentication script is getPageForStep. Typically we use it to present a login screen to the user. Now that we want to re-direct to a 3rd party for login and consent, we should ensure that getPageForStep returns /redirect.xhtml. The redirect.xhtml is responsible for taking the flow to step 3.

    def getPageForStep(self, configurationAttributes, step):
            print "Person Authentication. getPageForStep... %s" % step
            if step == 1:
                 return "/redirect.xhtml"
            return ""
  3. PrepareForStep (Redirecting to third party): This is where we put the business logic for redirection to a 3rd party consent app. Parse request object, build URL of 3rd party of consent app and redirect to that app.

     def prepareForStep(self, configurationAttributes, requestParameters, step):
            jwkSet = JWKSet.load( URL(self.tpp_jwks_url));
            signedRequest = ServerUtil.getFirstValue(requestParameters, "request")
            for key in jwkSet.getKeys() : 
                result = self.isSignatureValid(signedRequest, key)
                if (result == True):
                    signedJWT = SignedJWT.parse(signedRequest)
                    claims = JSONObject(signedJWT.getJWTClaimsSet().getClaims().get("claims"))
                    print "Person Authentication. claims : %s " % claims.toString()
                    id_token = claims.get("id_token");
                    openbanking_intent_id = id_token.getJSONObject("openbanking_intent_id").getString("value")
                    print "Person Authentication. openbanking_intent_id %s " % openbanking_intent_id
                    redirectURL = self.redirect_url+"&state="+UUID.randomUUID().toString()+"&intent_id="+openbanking_intent_id
                    identity = CdiUtil.bean(Identity)
                    print "OpenBanking. Redirecting to ... %s " % redirectURL 
                    # redirection to a third party app
                    facesService = CdiUtil.bean(FacesService)
                    return True
            print "Person Authentication. Call to Jans-auth server's /authorize endpoint should contain openbanking_intent_id as an encoded JWT"
            return False
  4. Authenticate method: At this stage, lets treat the consent app as a black box. After the consent flow, the consent app should return to https:///jans-auth/postlogin.htm. This takes us to the authenticate() method in the Person Authentication Script

This is what needs to be done here - * To access request parameters use

 signedRequest = ServerUtil.getFirstValue(requestParameters, "request") 
  • Add claims to session (those which you hope to find in access_token, refresh_token and id_token. The Introspection and UpdateToken script reads these session variables)

        sessionIdService = CdiUtil.bean(SessionIdService)
        sessionId = sessionIdService.getSessionId() # fetch from persistence
        sessionId.getSessionAttributes().put("openbanking_intent_id",openbanking_intent_id )
        sessionId.getSessionAttributes().put("acr_ob", acr_ob )
  • Miscellaneous mandatory methods:

Signifies that this Person Authentication has only 1 step. Typically wherever 2FA methods are involved, there will be 2 steps.

    def getCountAuthenticationSteps(self, configurationAttributes):
        return 1


By setting the step number, this method is used to restart a step in the event of something.

def getNextStep(self, configurationAttributes, requestParameters, step):
    return -1
  1. All session variables should be returned from this method

    def getExtraParametersForStep(self, configurationAttributes, step):
              return Arrays.asList("openbanking_intent_id", "acr_ob")