This recipe is compatible with eZ Publish 5.3 / 2014.01
EZP >= 5.3 / 2014.01
Symfony provides native support for multiple user providers. This makes it easy to integrate any kind of login handlers, including SSO and existing 3rd party bundles (e.g. FR3DLdapBundle, HWIOauthBundle, FOSUserBundle, BeSimpleSsoAuthBundle...).
However, to be able to use external user providers with eZ, a valid eZ user needs to be injected in the repository. This is mainly for the kernel to be able to manage content related permissions (but not limited to).
Depending on your context, you will either want to create an eZ user
on-the-fly, return an existing user, or even always use a generic user.
Whenever a external user is matched (i.e. that does not come from eZ repository, like coming from LDAP), eZ kernel fires an
MVCEvents::INTERACTIVE_LOGIN event. Every service listening to this event will receive a
eZ\Publish\Core\MVC\Symfony\Event\InteractiveLoginEvent object which contains the original security token (that holds the matched user) and the request.
It's then up to the listener to retrieve an eZ user from repository and assign it back to the event object. This user will be injected in the repository and used for the rest of the request.
If no eZ user is returned, the anonymous user will then be used.
User exposed and security token
When a external user is matched, a different token will be injected in the security context, the
InteractiveLoginToken. This token holds a
UserWrapped instance which contains the originally matched user and the API user (the one from the eZ repository).
Note that the API user is mainly used for permission checks against the repository and thus stays under the hood.
Customizing the user class
It is possible to customize the user class used by extending
ezpublish.security.login_listener service, which defaults to
You can override
getUser() to return whatever user class you want, as long as it implements
Here is a very simple example using the in-memory user provider.
Implementing the listener
Do not mix
MVCEvents::INTERACTIVE_LOGIN event (specific to eZ Publish) and
SecurityEvents::INTERACTIVE_LOGIN event (fired by Symfony security component)
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