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This section provides instructions on how to get the user claims of the authorized user as a JWT token with the validation response. 


  1. Open the <IS_HOME>/repository/conf/identity/identity.xml file and set the <Enabled> element (found under the <OAuth>,<AuthorizationContextTokenGeneration> elements) to true as shown in the code block below. 


    Note: By default, the user claims are retrieved as an array. To retrieve the claims as a string instead of an array, add the following property under the <AuthorizationContextTokenGeneration> tag in the identity.xml file.

  2. The following configurations are optional and can be configured as needed.

    • See the Extension Points for OAuth topic for more details about the usage of the TokenGeneratorImplClass and ClaimsRetrieverImplClass

    • ConsumerDialectURI: Defines the URI for the claim dialect under which the user attributes need to be retrieved. 

    • SignatureAlgorithm: Defines the algorithm to be used in signing the payload that carries user claims. If you want to disable signing of the JWT token, set this element to NONE

    • AuthorizationContextTTL: Defines the expiry time for JWT token in minutes.

Retrieving user claims with the JWT 

User claims can be retrieved using the ID token or the userinfo endpoint. For more information, see Basic Client Profile with Playground.

You can access the userinfo endpoint with the received access token using the following curl command. As per the specification, the received bearer token is sent using the HTTP Authorization header.

curl -k -H "Authorization: Bearer 4164157d677a6cd3a22e26e24c30135d" https://localhost:9443/oauth2/userinfo?schema=openid

As the response, WSO2 Identity Server returns a JSON with user claims.

{"sub":"PRIMARY\/alex","email":"[email protected]","name":"Alex Anderson","family_name":"Anderson","preferred_username":"alexanders","given_name":"Alex"}

Signature verification

The signature verification can be done similar to the ID token signature verification. 

The WSO2 Identity Server is shipped with a signed ID Token. This is provided in order to address some security vulnerabilities in a typical production environment. This topic provides information about using this signed ID Token for signature verification. 

The portions of each token are separated by the full stop. To see the exact JSON values, do a Base64 decode for <header>.<body>.

  • If the unsigned ID token contains only 2 portions: 
    It is in the following format: <header>.<body>

    Sample of unsigned ID token
  • If the signed ID token contains 3 portions: 
    It is in the following format: <header>.<body>.<signature>

    Sample of signed ID token

Validating the ID token signature

The following code segment is a simple Java program that can be used to validate the ID token signature against the default wso2carbon.jks public key in WSO2 products.

package org.sample;


import com.nimbusds.jose.JWSVerifier;
import com.nimbusds.jose.crypto.RSASSAVerifier;
import com.nimbusds.jwt.SignedJWT;

public class ValidateRSASignature {

    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
        RSAPublicKey publicKey = null;
        InputStream file = ClassLoader
        KeyStore keystore = KeyStore.getInstance(KeyStore.getDefaultType());
        keystore.load(file, "wso2carbon".toCharArray());

        String alias = "wso2carbon";

        // Get certificate of public key
        Certificate cert = keystore.getCertificate(alias);
        // Get public key
        publicKey = (RSAPublicKey) cert.getPublicKey();

        // Enter JWT String here
        String signedJWTAsString = "eyJhbGciOiJSUzI1NiJ9.eyJzdWIiOiJhbGljZSIsImlzcyI6Imh0d";

        SignedJWT signedJWT = SignedJWT.parse(signedJWTAsString);

        JWSVerifier verifier = new RSASSAVerifier(publicKey);

        if (signedJWT.verify(verifier)) {
            System.out.println("Signature is Valid");
        } else {
            System.out.println("Signature is NOT Valid");