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Npm OpenID Libraries

Most Popular Npm OpenID Libraries

NameSizeLicenseAgeLast Published
openid-client32.1 kBMIT7 Years8 Sep 2023
auth0-js678.01 kBMIT10 Years19 Jul 2023
grant37.91 kBMIT9 Years9 Mar 2022
oidc-provider126.96 kBMIT7 Years8 Sep 2023
passport-openidconnect10.87 kBMIT10 Years29 Nov 2021
auth0-lock390.93 kBMIT9 Years18 Sep 2023
openid20.61 kBMIT13 Years14 Sep 2021
angular-auth-oidc-client397.76 kBMIT6 Years27 Aug 2023
everyauth85.23 kBUNKNOWN12 Years17 Oct 2014
oidc-client-ts304.71 kBApache-2.02 Years18 Aug 2023
passport-openid8 kBMIT12 Years24 Sep 2015
sails-auth327.17 kBMIT9 Years24 Sep 2015
grant-koa1.35 kBMIT8 Years19 Nov 2020
redux-oidc51.48 kBMIT7 Years10 Nov 2019
openid-connect15.58 kBMIT10 Years28 Sep 2015

When are OpenID Libraries Useful?

OpenID libraries are extremely useful for managing user authentication in an application that is meant to accept universal identifiers. It allows users to be authenticated by co-operating sites (known as Relying Parties or RP) using a third-party service, thereby eliminating the need for webmasters to provide their ad hoc systems and for users to create new usernames and passwords.

These libraries are useful in scenarios where applications are required to authenticate users on multiple platforms or multiple sites for web and app developers alike. It eliminates the need to handle sensitive user information like passwords, thus reducing the risk of data breaches. From a user's perspective, it also provides convenience as they only need to remember one set of login credentials.

In the context of JavaScript and npm package manager, OpenID libraries prove to be invaluable in helping developers in setting up user authentication with the OpenID Connect standard in a JavaScript-based app.

What Functionalities Do OpenID Libraries Usually Have?

OpenID libraries typically come with functionalities that aid in user authentication, session management, user discovery and profile sharing while provide additional functionalities for Identity, Authentication, and Authorization. Some key functionalities include:

  • User Authentication: The core feature of OpenID libraries involves authenticating a user using a chosen OpenID provider.

  • Discovery: OpenID libraries help identify the user's OpenID provider and other relevant details based on the provided OpenID identifier.

  • Session Management: OpenID libraries typically offer features related to managing a user's session, including establishing a session, checking the login status, and logging out.

  • User Profile Sharing: With permission, OpenID libraries may help fetch and share the user's profile information (such as their name, email, and avatar) from the OpenID provider.

  • Identity Token Validation: OpenID libraries usually will include methods to validate the identity of tokens issued by OpenID Providers.

Gotchas/Pitfalls To Look Out For

While OpenID libraries offer a slew of benefits, there are a few pitfalls that developers should be aware of while implementing them:

  • Overreliance on the OpenID Provider: Since authentication relies on a third-party provider, your app's security is tied to their security. If the OpenID provider's security is compromised, so is your application's user data.

  • Handling Redirects and Callbacks: Encountering issues with redirect URLs and callbacks is quite common. Incorrectly handling redirects and callbacks could break the login flow.

  • Complicated Logout Processes: OpenID Connect providers might not terminate the session completely or immediately once the client application has logged out.

  • Confusion with OAuth: Although OpenID is built on the OAuth framework, they serve different purposes. OAuth is for authorizing access to resources without revealing credentials, whereas OpenID Connect is all about user authentication.

  • Security Flaws in Libraries: Just as with any libraries you use, you need to be aware of security vulnerabilities, and keep the libraries up-to-date to prevent security issues. Routinely check advisories for your specific library to find out about any potential vulnerabilities.

  • Proper Identity Token Validation: Be cautious when handling and validating identity tokens as mishandling can lead to several security concerns. Always validate the audience, issuer, signature and the nonce of identity tokens.