User Handbook

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The user can access our reverse proxy using a HTTP client. We distinguish here between the usage intended for non-interactive command line clients (e.g. curl) and interactive webbrowsers (e.g. Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Lynx). However, if the webbrowser gives the user the possibility to add or edit HTTP request headers, it can be used as if it was a command line client.


Webbrowsers allow the user to interact with the webpages via keyboard or mouse input (e.g. clicking on a link), so the webpage can ask for missing information when they are needed. If a not logged-in user tries to access a service which requires authorization, at least one subject attribute will be marked as missing in the process of access control evaluation. Then the needed scopes are calculated and the user gets redirected to the openid connect provider, or if there are more than one provider allowed, the user can choose in a list of the supported openid connect provider. The openid provider redirects the user back to our proxy with an authorization code which we use to receive an access token and an id token.

Command line clients

Command line clients should not be redirected to the openid provider to ask for an authorization. Instead, the client should be able to supply all information beforehand. In the case of OpenID Connect this is an access token. The access token can then be used to get the user information from the userinfo endpoint. The token can be supplied using the Authorization header as bearer token, e.g. adding the HTTP header line Authorization: bearer abcdef for the access token abcdef. If the access token is a JWT, the data gets unpacked and the issuer field iss is used to connect to the openid provider. If the access token is not a JWT, the client must also supply the issuer, using the x-arpoc-issuer HTTP header. If the issuer is then the header x-arpoc-issuer: must be added. Except for the retrieval of the access token and userinfo command line clients are treated the same way as webbrowsers.