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    Question [iSAMS] Use iSAMS authentication for Joomla.

    Hi,

    We have recently set up the Parent Portal for iSAMS and have issued all our parents with login details.

    We are now looking at setting up a CMS system for parents to use to upload photos of students at sporting events.

    We want the CMS site to be locked down to parents and staff only.

    Does anyone know of any way to use the authentication process from iSAMS with a third party CMS, like Joomla.

    Cheers,

    Barry.

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    Hi Barry,
    Might be worth asking iSAMS if there is any authentication functionality available via their much rumored api. That would be the safest way.

    Last time I looked at doing an authentication integration with iSAMS they were using unsalted SHA256 or SHA512 (can't remember which) password hashing for parent portal accounts. If they can be relied upon not to change that it seems like it would probably be quite simple to write a Joomla authentication plugin to take the inputted username and password, hash the password, test it against the iSAMS database and return a result.

    Hope that helps.

    Jona

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    Cheers Jona.

    I have had some feedback from iSAMS....

    OK, who is up for a challenge?

    The only way to do it is to check for an active iSAMS session by checking the iSAMS cookie and then checking the User ID in the iSAMS User table with an SQL query.

    iSAMS have provided me with a document outlining the cookie lookup process.


    This is not a process I can see as a possible route with Joomla.


    If there is anyone out there who has done this, I would like to know how.


    Cheers,


    Barry.
    Last edited by BarryBKS; 19th December 2013 at 01:10 PM.



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