Virtuoso Open-Source Edition: Using Virtuoso's WebID? Identity Provider (IdP?) Proxy Service with an X.509 certificate bearing an LDAP scheme WebID?

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Using Virtuoso's WebID Identity Provider (IdP) Proxy Service with an X.509 certificate bearing an LDAP scheme WebID

What?

A callback supporting service that enables third parties verify WebIDs via RESTful interaction patterns.

Why?

Most Web Developers and Users prefer to do plumbing as opposed to wholesale development in the course of web exploitation. Thus, federated services to which responsibilities can be delegated are always beneficial.

How?

This verification service offers a user-friendly alternative to manually querying SPARQL endpoints; i.e., checking whether a WebID and Public Key are related within a profile graph.

The service currently supports WebIDs based on the ldap:, http:, mailto:, acct: URI schemes. Other URI schemes will be added over time.

Example Using the Service Endpoint

Prerequisites

If you want to use your own Virtuoso instance for this exercise, please ensure the following steps are performed:

  1. Start Virtuoso server instance (locally, remote, EC2 AMI, etc. );
  2. Configure an HTTPS Listener for handling HTTPS requests from HTTP user agents (clients);
  3. Install the ODS Framework VAD package;
  4. Install the HTML based Certificate Generator VAD package;
  5. Create an X.509 Certificate with WebID watermark. Otherwise, simply use the live certificate generation service at: http://id.myopenlink.net/certgen/.

Steps

  1. Access the service endpoint: https://<Virtuoso host or IP address>[:<ssl-port>]/ods/webid_check.vsp, e.g., https://id.myopenlink.net:443/ods/webid_check.vsp
  2. The browser should prompt for identification. Select the certificate generated above, and click "OK".



  3. The WebID Identity Provider UI should be presented:



  4. Enter a Requesting service endpoint, for example:

    https://id.myopenlink.net/ods/





  5. Click "Go".
  6. When prompted for verification, again the certificate generated above and click "OK":



  7. You should now be redirected to a log in page which has recognized the certificate's WebID, and a "WebID Login" should be offered:



  8. Click the "WebID Login" button.
  9. You should now be successfully logged in:



Examples Using cURL

Prerequisites

Using Your Own Virtuoso Instance

If you want to use your own Virtuoso instance for this exercise, please ensure the following steps are performed:

  1. Start Virtuoso server instance (locally, remote, EC2 AMI, etc. );
  2. Configure an HTTPS Listener for handling HTTPS requests from HTTP user agents (clients);
  3. Install the ODS Framework VAD package;
  4. Install the HTML based Certificate Generator VAD package;
  5. Create an X.509 Certificate with WebID watermark. Otherwise, simply use the live certificate generation service at: http://id.myopenlink.net/certgen/.
  6. Using the service at: http://id.myopenlink.net/certgen/, export the generated X.509 Certificate and its associated private key to a local PKCS#12 (.p12 of .pfx) file system e.g., the file: "demo.p12" and password: "test"; or simply export to a PEM file.
  7. Alternatively, you can achieve the same using OpenSSL utilities by executing the following from the command line:

    openssl pkcs12 -in demo.p12 -out demo.pem -nodes

Using A Live Instance

If don't already have an X.509 certificate with a WebID watermark, simply use the live certificate generation service at: http://id.myopenlink.net/certgen/ . You can also use this service to export your certificate in PEM and other formats.

Example 1: Call the Service with Certificate

  1. Execute the following command:

    $ curl -i -k --cert demo.pem https://id.myopenlink.net/ods/webid_check.vsp?callback=http://id.myopenlink.net/myapp/ Enter PEM pass phrase: HTTP/1.1 302 Found Server: Virtuoso/06.03.3131 (Linux) x86_64-generic-linux-glibc25-64 VDB Connection: Keep-Alive Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 Date: Thu, 05 Jan 2012 16:08:13 GMT Accept-Ranges: bytes Location: http://id.myopenlink.net/myapp/?webid=http%3A%2F%2Fid.myopenlink.net%2Fdataspace%2Fperson%2Fdemo%23this&ts=2012-01-05T11%3A08%3A13.000004-05 %3A00&signature=a17coYTjgrPnz%2FmEi9OVRwiTEa8%3D Content-Length: 0

  2. In case of successful WebID verification, the WebID should be returned, as above:

    webid=http%3A%2F%2Fid.myopenlink.net%2Fdataspace%2Fperson%2Fdemo%23this

  3. Additionally a timestamp in ISO 8601 format should be returned, as above:

    ts=2012-01-05T11%3A08%3A13.000004-05

Example 2: Call the Service without Certificate

  1. Execute the following command:

    $ curl -i -k https://id.myopenlink.net/ods/webid_check.vsp?callback=http://id.myopenlink.net/myapp/ HTTP/1.1 302 Found Server: Virtuoso/06.03.3131 (Linux) x86_64-generic-linux-glibc25-64 VDB Connection: Keep-Alive Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 Date: Thu, 05 Jan 2012 15:02:16 GMT Accept-Ranges: bytes Location: http://id.myopenlink.net/myapp/?error=noCert&ts=2012-01-05T10%3A02%3A16-05%3A00&signature=TLNskapgUg75%2FzJSRe154RloH%2FE%3D Content-Length: 0

  2. The service returns "error=.." as it is in our example showing there is no certificate:

    error=noCert

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