Apereo CAS - OpenID Connect Scopes & Claims

Posted by Misagh Moayyed on June 10, 2021 · 7 mins read ·

Apereo CAS can be configured to act as an OpenID Connect identity provider. In doing so, OpenID Connect client applications can be registered with CAS to authorize the release standard as well as custom scopes. Additionally, CAS can be allowed to release claims back to registered applications in a scope-free setting. This blog post aims to review options that exist in Apereo CAS when it comes to managing and releasing OpenID Connect scopes and claims.

This post specifically requires and focuses on:

Standard Scopes

The most basic form of an application registration with CAS allows the release of standard scopes such as profile:

  "@class" : "org.apereo.cas.services.OidcRegisteredService",
  "clientId": "abcdefg",
  "clientSecret": "s3cr3T",
  "serviceId" : "https://example.org/redirect-uri",
  "name": "Example",
  "id": 1,
  "scopes" : [ "java.util.HashSet", [ "openid", "profile" ] ]

In this scenario, individual claims that are part of the standard profile scope are released to the application. Such claims need to be resolved and fetched by CAS as attributes from attribute sources. For example, we could have a stub attribute repository that generates hardcoded, static attribute names and values that map onto the claims supported and covered by the profile scope:

cas.authn.attribute-repository.stub.attributes.name=Misagh Moayyed

Scope-free Claims

CAS also allows the specification and release of individual claims without a scope. In this form, a dedicated attribute release policy must be designed to authorize the release of attributes as claims:

  "@class" : "org.apereo.cas.services.OidcRegisteredService",
  "clientId": "client",
  "clientSecret": "secret",
  "serviceId" : "^https://localhost:8082/cas/.*",
  "name": "Sample",
  "id": 1,
  "supportedGrantTypes": [ "java.util.HashSet", [ "client_credentials" ] ],
  "scopes" : [ "java.util.HashSet", ["openid"]],
  "attributeReleasePolicy" : {
    "@class" : "org.apereo.cas.services.ReturnMappedAttributeReleasePolicy",
    "allowedAttributes" : {
      "@class" : "java.util.TreeMap",
      "name" : "groovy { return ['Misagh Moayyed'] }",
      "family_name" : "groovy { return ['Moayyed'] }",
      "url" : "groovy { return ['https://fawnoos.com'] }"

In this scenario, our application is only authorized to use the client_credentials grant and is assigned an attribute release policy that can generate and release claims as attributes, removing the need for the presence of an external attribute repository source.

It's important to specify openid as an allowed scope.

Custom Scopes

You may also decide to design your scopes as bundles of custom attributes and claims. For example, one could design a MyCustomScope scope that contains two claims:


You must also instruct the identity provider to enlist the custom scope in its discovery so other application can learn of the scope and choose to request it when necessary:


You should then authorize the application to receive claims assigned to the scope MyCustomScope when requested:

  "@class": "org.apereo.cas.services.OidcRegisteredService",
  "clientId": "client-id",
  "clientSecret": "secret",
  "serviceId": "https://example.org/redirect-uri",
  "name": "Example",
  "id": 1,
  "scopes" : [ "java.util.HashSet", [ "openid", "MyCustomScope" ] ],
  "supportedResponseTypes": [ "java.util.HashSet", [ "code" ] ]

In this scenario, our application is only authorized to use the code response type and is authorized to release the claim cn associated with the MyCustomScope scope. Just as before, cn needs to be resolved and fetched by CAS as attributes from attribute sources:

cas.authn.attribute-repository.stub.attributes.cn=Misagh Moayyed

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I hope this review was of some help to you and I am sure that both this post as well as the functionality it attempts to explain can be improved in any number of ways. Please feel free to engage and contribute as best as you can.

Misagh Moayyed