Identity Cloud

Social Provider Handler node

The Social Provider Handler node attempts to authenticate a user with an identity provider they select in the Select Identity Provider node. The Social Provider Handler node collects relevant profile information from the provider, transforms the profile information into the appropriate attributes, and returns the user to the journey.

Compatibility

Product Compatible?

ForgeRock Identity Cloud

Yes

ForgeRock Access Management (self-managed)

Yes

ForgeRock Identity Platform (self-managed)

Yes

Inputs

This node reads the user’s selected social identity provider from shared state.

Implement the Select Identity Provider node before this node to capture the social provider name.

Dependencies

  • The Social Identity Provider service must be configured with the details of at least one social identity provider.

  • The user must have selected a social identity provider in a previous node in the journey.

Configuration

Property Usage

Transformation Script (required)

The normalization script of each provider maps that provider’s attributes to a profile format Identity Cloud can use.

The transformation script then transforms the normalized social profile to a managed object.

Select Normalized Profile to Managed User (default) or a custom script to transform the profile to a managed object.

Review the sample script (normalized-profile-to-managed-user.js) for a list of bindings.

Don’t use normalization scripts (<Identity provider>-profile-normalization.*) for this purpose.

Username Attribute

The attribute in the underlying identity service that contains the username for this object.

Client Type

The client type you’re using to authenticate to the provider. Select one of the following:

  • BROWSER (default) Select this type for ForgeRock-provided user interfaces or the ForgeRock SDK for JavaScript.

    With this setting, the node returns the RedirectCallback.

  • NATIVE Select this type for the ForgeRock SDKs for Android or iOS.

    With this setting, the node returns the IdPCallback.

Outputs

  • If no profile information is returned from the social provider, the journey follows the Social auth interrupted outcome.

  • If the node retrieves profile information from the social identity provider, it transforms a normalized version of the profile and stores it in objectAttributes in transient state.

  • To link existing users, the aliasList is updated and saved to objectAttributes in transient state.

  • The node stores the social identity subject as the username both directly in shared state and in its objectAttributes.

  • The node also updates socialOAuthData in transient state with all existing node state, social provider data, and associated tokens.

Make sure you copy required transient data to shared state because all transient data is removed if the node is followed by an interactive page later in the journey.

Outcomes

Account exists

Social authentication succeeded, and a matching ForgeRock account exists.

No account exists

Social authentication succeeded, but no matching ForgeRock account exists.

To ensure existing users are dynamically linked, connect the No account exists outcome to an Identify Existing User node followed by a Patch Object node to create the link.

Social auth interrupted

The user interrupted the social authentication journey after the node requested profile information from the social identity provider. This can happen in the following situations:

  • The user clicks the Back button in their browser from the social identity provider’s login page

  • The user clicks the Cancel button on the social identity provider’s login page

  • The user re-enters the journey URL in the same browser window

    In this case, the node routes the user back to the Select Identity Provider node to select a social identity provider again.

Example

This example shows the Social Provider Handler node in a social authentication journey.

journey social provider handler

a A Page node contains the Select Identity Provider node node that prompts the user to select a social identity provider or to authenticate with a username and password.

b If the user selects local authentication, the Data Store Decision node takes care of the authentication.

c If the user selects social authentication, the Social Provider Handler node does the following:

  • Routes the user to the selected social provider to authenticate there

  • Retrieves the user’s profile information, and transforms it into a format that Identity Cloud can use

  • Assesses whether the user has an existing identity in Identity Cloud

  • If the user has an existing identity, authenticates that identity

  • If the user doesn’t have an identity, routes the user to another page node

  • If the user interrupts the social authentication, routes the user back to the Select Identity Provider node

d The nodes on the page node request the information required to register a new identity.

e The Create Object node creates the new identity in Identity Cloud.

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