sfGuardPlugin - 1.1.13

Identity management plugin.

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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-model
      symfony propel-build-sql
  • Update you database tables by starting from scratch (it will delete all the existing tables, then re-create them):

      symfony propel-insert-sql

    or you can just create the new tables by using the generated SQL statements in data/sql/plugins.sfGuardAuth.lib.model.schema.sql

  • Load default fixtures (optional - it creates a superadmin user)

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

  • Clear you cache

      symfony cc
  • Optionally enable the "Remember Me" filter in filters.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 sf_guard_plugin_routes_register to false in the app.yml configuration file:

        routes_register: false
  • 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 (don't use the init-module task, just create a sfGuardAuth directory)

  • Create a template with the name of the template you want to customize in the sfGuardAuth/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 (don't forget to include the BasesfGuardAuthActions as it can't be autoloaded by symfony)

    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 changed the myUser base class earlier)

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, foreignTable: sf_guard_user, foreignReference: id, required: true, onDelete: cascade }
      first_name:  varchar(20)
      last_name:   varchar(20)
      birthday:    date

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

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.

Change the name or expiration period of the "Remember Me" cookie

By default, the "Remember Me" feature creates a cookie named sfRemember that will last 15 days. You can change this behavior in app.yml:

         remember_key_expiration_age:  2592000   # 30 days in seconds
         remember_cookie_name:         myAppRememberMe

Customize sfGuardAuth redirect handling

If you want to redirect the user to his profile after a success login or define a logout site. You can change the redirect values in app.yml:

        success_signin_url:      @my_route?param=value # the plugin use the referer as default
        success_signout_url:     module/action         # the plugin use the referer as default


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


1.1.14 PRE

  • fabien: BC renamed app_sfGuardPlugin_routes_register to app_sf_guard_plugin_routes_register (#2562)
  • fabien: added HTTP status code 401 when coming from a XMLHTTPRequest (#2469)
  • fabien: fixed HTTP status code for secure (403) and signin (401) actions (#2545)


  • fabien: fixed isAnonymous() method (#2484)
  • frederic: added PluginsfGuardUser::setPasswordHash() to be able to change the password hash directly (useful when loading fixtures)
  • fabien: updated documentation about creating the new tables (#2476)
  • fabien: added the BasesfGuardAuthActions inclusion when extending the sfGuardAuth class (#2296)
  • francois: fixed indexes on unique columns were not unique
  • francois: switched to YAML schema, to allow overriding by way of sfPropelAlternativeSchemaPlugin
  • francois: added lib/model/plugin/ classes to make the model truly extensible


  • fabien: fixed typo in secureSuccess template (closes #2260)
  • fabien: fixed 'secure' action in sfGuardPlugin do not need to be secure (closes #2254)
  • fabien: fixed typo in sfGuardUser::getProfile()
  • fabien: added some check in sfGuardSecurityUser proxy methods


  • fabien: fixed array_merge_recursive causes recursion warnings in sfGuardUser.php (closes #1834)
  • fabien: fixed groups, permissions, and profile saving when sfUser has no primary key (closes #1709)
  • fabien: added connection parameters to all methods that interacts with the database (closes #2237)
  • fabien: changed signout actions, so it doesn't require to be authenticated
  • fabien: added a ->isSuperAdmin() method to the User class
  • fabien: fixed connection should be used when saving model (closes #2152)
  • fabien: fixed typo in modules /sfGuardAuth/config/security.yml (closes #1930)
  • fabien: removed warning about foreign key and profile table
  • davedash: when displaying the signin form, if no referer is set for the user we default to the last page
  • davedash: updated documentation regarding remember me cookie settings (closes #2148)
  • davedash: default algorithm is now sha1 not \asha1\a (closes Ticket #2189)
  • davedash: made the default templates i18n compatible (closes #1662)


  • davedash: reordered the if/elseif structure so no loop starves


  • fabien: fixed a typo in sfGuardUser reloadGroupsAndPermissions() method (closes #1758)
  • fabien: fixed "Remember Me" filter documentation (closes #1705)


  • gordon: add two new config params 'success_signin_url' and 'success_signin_url'
  • gordon: split 'checkPassword()' to 'checkPassword()' and 'checkPasswordByGuard()' so it is callable by your own 'check_password()'
  • gordon: better redirect
  • gordon: 'login_module' and 'login_action' use for 'handleErrorSignin()' and after successe login
  • gordon: Added extra logic to make sure remember me code is only executed if user is not authenticated.
  • fabien: fixed is_super_admin has not default value (closes #1410)
  • fabien: fixed sfGuardPlugin signin.yml validation configuration (closes #1440)
  • fabien: fixed missing unique indexes in sf_guard_group and sf_guard_permission (closes #1454)
  • fabien: fixed sfGuardAuth should clear the credentials (closes #1537)
  • davedash: giving unique indexes unique names so that sfGuardPlugin works with postgres (closes ticket #1720)
  • davedash: fixed the model so getting groupPermissions works (fixes #1729)
  • davedash: the signin class would keep redirecting on itself if the user is logged in


  • fabien: fixed deleting sfGuardUser when no profile is defined (closes #1626)
  • davedash: The setPassword() function of sfGuardSecurityUser() now saves the sfGuardUser object after setting the password