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Request #59204 Need a way to generate a signature without making a request
Submitted: 2010-05-10 23:23 UTC Modified: 2010-05-28 05:27 UTC
From: evert at rooftopsolutions dot nl Assigned: jawed (profile)
Status: Closed Package: oauth (PECL)
PHP Version: 5.3.1 OS: Any
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2010-05-10 23:23 UTC] evert at rooftopsolutions dot nl
One thing I dislike about the oauth extension is that it makes the HTTP requests *for me*. PHP's Curl and Streams functions are so flexibile (and are actually used *in* the extension) but all of the functionality and flexibility is hidden behind the OAuth::fetch() method, which only allows:

1. 4 HTTP methods
2. Request headers
3. Request parameters or a custom request body.

In my specific case I need to oauth-sign large file up and downloads. If I use this OAuth extension, I'm forced to load the entire request and response body into memory.

So what I'd like to suggest is adding a method to the OAuth class that has the following signature:

string OAuth::generateSignature(string $uri, string $method, array $post_arguments);

The returned string could be used in for instance the Authorization header.

I've tried working on a patch, but it's very very hard to make the jump to C, after an hour I lost all my confidence and opened this bug.

I _am_ very happy with the oauth extension otherwise. Thank you.


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 [2010-05-11 02:20 UTC]
1. Actually we allow any method, albeit undocumented, since they're just strings; so using "DELETE" as the method parameter will be accepted
2. 3. So, in short, the extension doesn't support file uploads or direct access to the response in an efficient manner ;-)

Providing the latter two will not be straightforward unfortunately, but we'll keep this in view.
 [2010-05-11 02:23 UTC]
I like the generateSignature method proposal, could be useful. 
Will look into it for 1.0.

- JJ
 [2010-05-11 02:29 UTC] evert at rooftopsolutions dot nl
@jawed: thanks for looking into this

@datibbaw: Yes, in my specific case it's just uploads. Sorry if it came across as a rant. I do feel implementing a getSignature method would be beneficial for other cases as well. Just think about the list from:

Thanks again! This would be much appreciated and improve the usefulness of the OAuth extension.
 [2010-05-28 05:27 UTC]
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