Notifications system

Since version 0.9.4, LemonLDAP::NG can be used to notify some messages to users: if a user has a message, the message will be displayed when he will access to the portal. If the message contains check boxes, the user has to check all of them else he can not access to the portal and get his session cookie.

Since 1.1.0, a notification explorer is available in Manager, and notifications can be done for all users, with the possibility to display conditions. When the user accept the notification, the reference is stored in his persistent session.

Installation

Activation

You just have to activate Notifications in the Manager (General Parameters > Advanced Parameters > Notifications > Activation) or in lemonldap-ng.ini:

[portal]
notification = 1

Storage

By default, notifications will be stored in the same database as configuration:

  • if you use “File” system and your “dirName” is set to /usr/local/lemonldap-ng/conf/, the notifications will be stored in /usr/local/lemonldap-ng/notifications/
  • if you use “CDBI” or “RDBI” system, the notifications will be stored in the same database as configuration and in a table called “notifications”.
  • if you use “LDAP” system, the notifications will be stored in the same directory as configuration and in a branch called “notifications”.

You can change default parameters using the “notificationStorage” and “notificationStorageOptions” parameters with the same syntax as configuration storage parameters. To do this in Manager, go in General Parameters > Advanced Parameters > Notifications.

File

Parameters for File backend are the same as File configuration backend.

You need to create yourself the directory and set write access to Apache user. For example:
mkdir /usr/local/lemonldap-ng/notifications/
chown www-data /usr/local/lemonldap-ng/notifications/
The file name default separator is _, this can be a problem if you register notifications for users having _ in their login. You can change the separator with the fileNameSeparator option, and set another value, for example @.

To summary available options:

  • dirName: directory where notifications are stored.
  • fileNameSeparator: file name separator.

DBI

Parameters for DBI backend are the same as DBI configuration backend.

You have to create the table by yourself:
CREATE TABLE notifications (
  DATE datetime NOT NULL,
  uid VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL,
  REF VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL,
  cond VARCHAR(255) DEFAULT NULL,
  xml longblob NOT NULL,
  done datetime DEFAULT NULL,
  PRIMARY KEY (DATE, uid,REF)
)

To summary available options:

  • dbiChain: DBI connection.
  • dbiUser: DBI user.
  • dbiPassword: DBI password.
  • table: Notifications table name.

LDAP

Parameters for LDAP backend are the same as LDAP configuration backend.

You have to create the branch by yourself

To summary available options:

  • ldapServer: LDAP URL.
  • ldapBindDN: LDAP user.
  • ldapBindPassword: LDAP password.
  • ldapConfBase: Notifications branch DN.

Wildcard

The notifications module uses a wildcard to manage notifications for all users. The default value of this wildcard is allusers, but you can change it if allusers is a known identifier in your system.

To change it, go in General Parameters > Advanced Parameters > Notifications > Wildcard for all users, and set for example alluserscustom.

Then creating a notification for alluserscustom will display the notification for all users.

Using notification system

Since version 2.0, notifications are now stored in JSON format. If you want to keep old format, select “use old format” in the manager. Note that the server for inserting notifications is paired with the chosen format: REST for JSON and SOAP for XML.

Notification format

Notifications are JSON (default) or XML files containing:

  • <notification> element(s) :
    • Required attributes:
      • date: creation date (format YYYY-MM-DD)
      • ref: a reference that can be used later to know what has been notified and when
      • uid: the user login (it must correspond to the attribute set in whatToTrace parameter, uid by default), or the wildcard string (by default: allusers) if the notification should be displayed for every user.
    • Optional attributes:
      • condition: condition to display the notification, can use all session variables.
    • Sub elements:
      • <title>: title to display: will be inserted in HTML page enclosed in <h2 class=“notifText”>…</h2>
      • <subtitle>: subtitle to display: will be inserted in HTML page enclosed in <h2 class=“notifText”>…</h2>
      • <text>: paragraph to display: will be inserted in HTML page enclosed in <p class=“notifText”>…</p>
      • <check>: paragraph to display with a checkbox: will be inserted in HTML page enclosed in <p class=“notifCheck”><input type=“checkbox” />…</p>
All other elements will be removed including HTML elements like <b>.
One notification XML document can contain several notifications messages.

Examples

JSON
{
"uid": "foo.bar",
"date": "2009-01-27",
"reference"; "ABC",
"title": "You have new authorizations",
"subtitle": "Application 1",
"text": "You have been granted to access to appli-1",
"check": [
  "I aggree",
  "Yes, I'm sure"
]
XML
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no"?>
<root>
<notification uid="foo.bar" date="2009-01-27" reference="ABC">
<title>You have new authorizations</title>
<subtitle>Application 1</subtitle>
<text>You have been granted to access to appli-1</text>
<subtitle>Application 2</subtitle>
<text>You have been granted to access to appli-2</text>
<subtitle>Acceptation</subtitle>
<check>I know that I can access to appli-1 </check>
<check>I know that I can access to appli-2 </check>
</notification>
<notification uid="allusers" date="2009-01-27" reference="disclaimer" condition="$ipAddr =~ /^192/">
<title>This is your first access on this system</title>
<text>Be a nice user and do not break it please.</text>
<check>Of course I am not evil!</check>
</notification>
</root>

Create new notifications with notifications explorer

In Manager, click on Notifications and then on the Create button.

Then fill all inputs to create the notification. Only the condition is not mandatory.

When all is ok, click on Save.

Notification server

New JSON notifications can be inserted using REST or SOAP server. If enabled, the server URL is https://auth.your.domain/notifications.

If notification server is enabled, you have to protect this URL using the webserver because there is no authentication required to use it.

Example:

# SOAP functions for notification insertion (disabled by default)
<LocationMatch ^/(index\.fcgi/)?notifications>
    Order deny,allow
    Deny from all
    Allow from 192.168.2.0/24
</Location>

JSON notifications through REST

Using JSON, you just have to POST json files.

XML notifications trough SOAP

If you use old XML format, new notifications can be inserted using SOAP request.

Insertion example in Perl
#!/usr/bin/perl
 
use SOAP::Lite;
use utf8;
 
my $lite = SOAP::Lite
        ->uri('urn:Lemonldap::NG::Common::PSGI::SOAPService')
        ->proxy('http://auth.example.com/notifications');
 
 
$r = $lite->newNotification(
'<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no"?>
<root>
<notification uid="foo.bar" date="2009-01-27" reference="ABC">
<text> You have been granted to access to appli-1 </text>
<text> You have been granted to access to appli-2 </text>
<check> I know that I can access to appli-1 </check>
<check> I know that I can access to appli-2 </check>
</notification>
</root>
');
 
if ( $r->fault ) {
    print STDERR "SOAP Error: " . $r->fault->{faultstring};
}
else {
    my $res = $r->result();
    print "$res notification(s) have been inserted\n";
}

You can also delete some notifications with SOAP, once SOAP is activated:

Deletion example in Perl

#!/usr/bin/perl
 
use SOAP::Lite;
use utf8;
 
my $lite = SOAP::Lite
        ->uri('urn:Lemonldap::NG::Common::CGI::SOAPService')
        ->proxy('http://auth.example.com/index.pl/notification');
 
 
$r = $lite->deleteNotification('foo.bar', 'ABC');
 
if ( $r->fault ) {
    print STDERR "SOAP Error: " . $r->fault->{faultstring};
}
else {
    my $res = $r->result();
    print "$res notification(s) have been deleted\n";
}

Test notification

You've simply to insert a notification and connect to the portal using the same UID. You will be prompted.

Try also to create a global notification (to the uid “allusers”), and connect with any user, the message will be prompted.