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Identity management plugin for the Doctrine ORM.

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sfGuard plugin

The sfGuardPlugin is a symfony plugin that provides authentication and authorization features above the standard security feature of symfony.

It gives you the model (user, group and permission objects) and the modules (backend and frontend) to secure your symfony application in a minute in a configurable plugin.


  • Install the plugin

    symfony plugin-install http://plugins.symfony-project.com/sfGuardPlugin
  • Rebuild your model

    symfony propel-build-all
  • Load default fixtures (optional - it creates a superadmin user)

    symfony propel-load-data
  • Enable one or more modules in your settings.yml (optional)

  • Clear your cache

    symfony cc
  • Optionally enable the "Remember Me" filter in factories.yml

        class: sfGuardBasicSecurityFilter 

Secure your application

To secure a symfony application:

  • Enable the module sfGuardAuth in settings.yml

        enabled_modules: [sfGuardAuth](...,)
  • Change the default login and secure modules in settings.yml

    login_module:           sfGuardAuth
    login_action:           signin
    secure_module:          sfGuardAuth
    secure_action:          secure
  • Change the parent class in myUser.class.php

    class myUser extends sfGuardSecurityUser
  • Optionally add the following routing rules to routing.yml

      url:   /login
      param: { module: sfGuardAuth, action: signin }
      url:   /logout
      param: { module: sfGuardAuth, action: signout }
      url:   /request_password
      param: { module: sfGuardAuth, action: password }

    You can customize the url parameter of each route. N.B.: You must have a @homepage routing rule (used when a user sign out)

    These routes are automatically registered by the plugin if the module sfGuardAuth is enabled unless you defined sfGuardPlugin_routes_register to false in the app.yml configuration file.

  • Secure some modules or your entire application in security.yml

      is_secure: on
  • You're done. Now, if you try to access a secure page, you will be redirected to the login page. If you have loaded the default fixture file, try to login with admin as username and admin as password.

Manage your users, permissions and groups

To be able to manage your users, permissions and groups, sfGuardPlugin comes with 3 modules that can be integrated in your backend application. These modules are auto-generated thanks to the symfony admin generator.

  • Enable the modules in settings.yml

        enabled_modules: [sfGuardGroup, sfGuardPermission, sfGuardUser](...,)
  • Access the modules with the default route:


Customize sfGuardAuth module templates

By default, sfGuardAuth module comes with 2 very simple templates:

  • signinSuccess.php
  • secureSuccess.php

If you want to customize one of these templates:

  • Create a sfGuardAuth module in your application

  • Create a template with the name of the template you want to customize in your templates directory

  • Symfony now renders your template instead of the default one

Customize sfGuardAuth module actions

If you want to customize or add methods to the sfGuardAuth:

  • Create a sfGuardAuth module in your application

  • Create an actions.class.php file in your actions directory that inherit from BasesfGuardAuthActions

    class sfGuardAuthActions extends BasesfGuardAuthActions
      public function executeNewAction()
        return $this->renderText('This is a new sfGuardAuth action.');

sfGuardSecurityUser class

This class inherits from the sfBasicSecurityUser class from symfony and is used for the user object in your symfony application (because you configured it in factories.yml before).

So, to access it, you can use the standard $this->getUser() in your actions or $sf_user in your templates.

sfGuardSecurityUser adds some methods:

  • signIn() and signOut() methods
  • getGuardUser() that returns the sfGuardUser object
  • a bunch of proxy methods to access directly the sfGuardUser object

For example, to get the current username:


    // or via the proxy method

Super administrator flag

sfGuardPlugin has a notion of super administrator. A user that is a super administrator bypasses all credential checks.

The super administrator flag cannot be set on the web, you must set the flag directly in the database or use the pake task:

    symfony promote-super-admin admin


sfGuardPlugin comes with a validator that you can use in your modules: sfGuardUserValidator.

This validator is used by the sfGuardAuth module to validate a user and password and automatically signin the user.

Customize the sfAuthUser model

The sfAuthUser model is quite simple. There is no email or first_name or birthday columns. As you cannot add methods to the class, the sfAuthPlugin gives you the possibility to define a user profile class.

By default, sfAuthUser looks for a sfGuardUserProfile class.

Here is a simple example of a sfGuardProfile class that you can add to schema.yml:

      _attributes: { phpName: sfGuardUserProfile }
      user_id:     { type: integer, index: unique }
      first_name:  varchar(20)
      last_name:   varchar(20)
      birthday:    date

WARNING: You cannot define the foreign key because the sf_guard_user table is not in the same schema file (this is a Propel limitation).

This is why we added a unique index to the user_id column.

You can now access the user profile via the user object:


    // or via the proxy method

The getProfile() method gets the associated user profile object or creates a new one if none already exists.

When you delete a user, the associated profile is also deleted.

You can change the name of the user profile class and the foreign key name in app.yml:

        profile_class:      sfGuardUserProfile
        profile_field_name: user_id            # we have to define this (see warning above)

Check the user password with an external method

If you don't want to store the password in the database because you already have a LDAP server, a .htaccess file or if you store your passwords in another table, you can provide your own checkPassword callable (static method or function) in app.yml:

        check_password_callable: [checkPassword](MyLDAPClass,)

When symfony will call the $this->getUser()->checkPassword() method, it will call your method or function. Your function must takes 2 parameters, the first one is the username and the second one is the password. It must returns true or false. Here is a template for such a function:

    function checkLDAPPassword($username, $password)
      $user = LDAP::getUser($username);
      if ($user->checkPassword($password))
        return true;
        return false;

Change the algorithm used to store passwords

By default, passwords are stored as a sha1() hash. But you can change this with any callable in app.yml:

        algorithm_callable: [MyCryptoMethod](MyCryptoClass,)


        algorithm_callable: md5

As the algorithm is stored for each user, you can change your mind later without the need to regenerate all passwords for the current users.


  • finish the promote_super_user task
  • finish the getPassword method
  • add support for HTTP Basic authentication