[Pulp-dev] Pulp 3: using JWT to request a JWT

Brian Bouterse bbouters at redhat.com
Fri Dec 1 19:30:18 UTC 2017

+1 to using JWT_ALLOW_REFRESH as the name, I read the other name from some
other docs. +1 to adding a refresh token endpoint and some docs.

We need to update this area in the MVP which is currently in red. We could
replace the use case in red with:  "As an API user, I can authenticate any
API call with a JWT" and then add the following two use cases:

As a JWT authenticated user, I can receive a new JWT if Pulp is configured
As a Pulp administrator, my Pulp system disallows JWT renewal by default

What about these use case changes to the MVP to reflect this convo?

On Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 5:46 PM, Jeremy Audet <jaudet at redhat.com> wrote:

> I think @misa's point is that if a valid token becomes compromised, it
>> could be renewed for a long-maybe-forever time.
>> I'm reading a desire to have Pulp exhibit both of these types of
>> behaviors, and both for good reasons. What if we introduce a setting
>> JWT_REFRESH. If enabled, JWT_REFRESH will allow you to receive a new JWT
>> when authenticating with an existing JWT. Defaults to False.
>> I'm picking False as the default on the idea that not renewing tokens
>> would be a more secure system by limiting access in more case than when
>> JWT_REFRESH is True. In the implementation, when JWT_REFRESH is set to True
>> it would fully disable the JWT_REFRESH_EXPIRATION_DELTA setting so that it
>> could be refreshed indefinitly. The user would never know about
> Being secure-by-default, with the option to do useful-but-dangerous
> things, is a great design approach.
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