REST session backend

Session <type> can be ‘global’ for SSO sessions or ‘persistent’ for persistent sessions.

LL::NG Portal provides REST end points for sessions management:

  • GET /sessions/<type>/<session-id> : get session data
  • GET /sessions/<type>/<session-id>/<key> : get a session key value
  • GET /sessions/<type>/<session-id>/[k1,k2] : get some keys value
  • POST /sessions/<type> : create a session
  • PUT /sessions/<type>/<session-id> : update some keys
  • DELETE /sessions/<type>/<session-id> : delete a session

Sessions for connected users (used by LLNG Proxy):

  • GET /session/my/<type> : get session data
  • GET /session/my/<type>/key : get session key
  • DELETE /session/my : ask for logout
  • DELETE /sessions/my : ask for global logout (if GlobalLogout plugin is on)

Services for connected users (always enabled):

  • GET /mysession/?authorizationfor=<base64-encoded-url> : ask if an url is authorized
  • GET /mysession/?whoami : get “my” uid
  • PUT /mysession/<type> : update some persistent data (restricted)
  • DELETE /mysession/<type>/key : delete key in data (restricted)
  • GET /myapplications : get “my” appplications list

This session backend can be used to share sessions stored in a non-network backend (like file session backend) or in a network backend protected with a firewall that only accepts HTTP flows.

Most of the time, REST session backend is used by Handlers deployed on external servers.

To configure it, REST session backend will be set through Manager in global configuration (used by all Handlers), and the real session backend will be configured for local components in lemonldap-ng.ini.



First, activate REST in General parameters » Plugins » Portal servers » REST session server.

Then, set Lemonldap::NG::Common::Apache::Session::REST in General parameters » Sessions » Session storage » Apache::Session module and add the following parameters (case sensitive):

Required parameters
Name Comment Example
baseUrl URL of sessions REST end point
Optional parameters
Name Comment Example
user Username to use for auth basic mechanism  
password Password to use for auth basic mechanism  

user and password parameters are only used if the entry point index.fcgi/sessions/global is protected by a basic authentication. Thus, handlers will make requests to the Portal using these parameters.


By default, user password and other secret keys are hidden by LL::NG REST server. You can force REST server to export their real values by selecting “Export secret attributes in REST” in the Manager. This less secure option is disabled by default.


Sessions REST end points access must be allowed in Apache portal configuration (for example, access by IP range):

# REST/SOAP functions for sessions access (disabled by default)
<Location /index.fcgi/sessions>
    Require ip

Real session backend

Real session backend will be configured in lemonldap-ng.ini, in portal section (the portal hosts the REST service for sessions, and will do the link between REST requests and real sessions).

For example, if real sessions are stored in files:

globalStorage = Apache::Session::File
globalStorageOptions = { 'Directory' => '/var/lib/lemonldap-ng/sessions/', 'LockDirectory' => '/var/lib/lemonldap-ng/sessions/lock/', }


Session explorer and “single session” features can’t be used using this backend. Session explorer and portal must be launched with real backend.

By default, only few sessions keys are shared by REST (authenticationLevel, groups, ipAddr, _startTime, _utime, _lastSeen, _session_id), you need to define which other keys you want to share in General parameters » Plugins » Portal servers » SOAP/REST exported attributes.

You must start with + to keep default keys, else they will not be shared. For example:

+ uid cn mail

To share only the listed attributes:

authenticationLevel groups ipAddr _startTime _utime _lastSeen _session_id uid cn mail