Google+ Social Login Risk Profiling using ZeroFOX


ZeroFOX Enterprise evaluates and records the risk associated with social media users and organizations. This evaluation is conducted through the ZeroFOX Enterprise security analysis engine which analyzes the full social graph for a targeted user to include their associated people, organizations and interactions.

The ZeroFOX Social Risk Score API allows OpenAM to query the ZeroFOX Enterprise Platform RESTful API for risk attributes associated with a given social media asset- social media user or organization. If ZF does not have recent ZeroFOX data on the requested asset, it is immediately submitted for analysis and can be queried again at a later time.

For purposes of this demo with Google Plus, I created a custom OpenAM 13 build that enables chaining the Scripted Authentication Module to the OAuth module. The custom build also enables passing an Authorization header into the httpClient POST API in the server-side script. On every login attempt from a Social Login platform, the Scripted Authentication Module invokes the ZF api with an Authorization header to assess the risk associated with the login.

The following risk attributes can be flagged on a social account and each one of these can be detected from within the Scripted Authentication Module in OpenAM via the ZeroFOX Social Login Risk Score API.


From Common Tasks, under the “Configure Social Authentication” menu, select and configure ‘Configure Google Authentication’.

Create a Scripted Authentication Module instance in OpenAM. Add code in the server side script to invoke the ZF API:"", "{"network":"google+", "user_id":"+userId +"}", {cookies:[], headers:[{"field": "Content-type","value":"application/json"},{"field": "Authorization","value": "forgerock:*******"}]});

Chain the Scripted Authentication Module instance to the GoogleSocialAuthentication instance created in the previous step:

In Google Plus, open a test account and post a phishing link. At this point you should kick off the scan by invoking the ZF API from Postman or using curl. If you do not do it now, the scan is started when you attempt to login into OpenAM using this malicious account, except of course, the Social Login Score is not ready just yet and authentication passes.


From the OpenAM login page, click on the Google Plus icon to login:

Login as the malicious user and you should immediately see an Authentication denied error. The Scripted Authentication Module checks for high threat indicators and denies login if one or more are found.

Using Postman, invoking the ZF Social Login Score API confirms that phishing links were found on the account and threat level is too high to allow login into OpenAM.

  • "phishing": "2015-04-24 17:13:24 UTC",
  • "drugs_and_alcohol": "2015-04-24 17:09:24 UTC",
  • "malware": "2015-04-24 17:13:24 UTC"

How to configure social authentication with LinkedIn

When trying to configure Social Authentication with OpenAM 12 you may notice that out of the box OpenAM only supports Microsoft, Google and Facebook. The reasoning behind this is that at the time of the implementation these providers supported OpenID Connect (well Facebook supports Facebook Connect, but that’s close enough). In case you would like to set up social authentication with other providers then that is still possible, but a bit tricky. In this article I’m going to try to show how social authentication can be configured for example with LinkedIn (that currently only supports OAuth2, not OIDC).

Create an OAuth2 app at LinkedIn

In order to be able to obtain OAuth2 access tokens from LinkedIn, you will need to register your OpenAM as a LinkedIn application by filling out some silly forms. The second page of this wizard gets a bit more interesting, so here are a couple of things that you should do:

  • Take a note of the Client ID and Client Secret displayed.
  • Make sure that OpenAM’s Redirect URI is added as a valid OAuth 2.0 Authorized Redirect URLs, by default that would look something like:

Configure OpenAM for Social authentication

To simply configure LinkedIn for OAuth2 based authentication, you just need to create a new authentication module instance with OAuth 2.0 / OpenID Connect type. With ssoadm that would look something like:

$ openam/bin/ssoadm create-auth-instance -e / -m linkedin -t OAuth -u amadmin -f .pass

This just configures an OAuth2 authentication module with the default settings, so now let’s update those settings to actually match up with LinkedIn:

$ openam/bin/ssoadm update-auth-instance -e / -m linkedin -u amadmin -f .pass -D

Where contains:


At this stage you should be able to authenticate with LinkedIn by simply opening up /openam/XUI/#login/&module=linkedin .

To set up this OAuth2 module for social authentication you just need to do a few more things:
Add the authentication module to a chain (social authentication uses authentication chains to allow more complex authentication flows):

$ openam/bin/ssoadm create-auth-cfg -e / -m linkedinChain -u amadmin -f .pass
$ openam/bin/ssoadm add-auth-cfg-entr -e / -m linkedinChain -o linkedin -c REQUIRED -u amadmin -f .pass

Now to enable the actual social authentication icon on the login pages, just add the Social authentication service to your realm:

$ openam/bin/ssoadm add-svc-realm -e / -s socialAuthNService -u amadmin -f .pass -D social.txt

Where social.txt contains:


Please keep in mind that OAuth2 is primarily for authorization purposes, for authentication you should really utilize OpenID Connect as a protocol. As the social authentication implementation is quite generic, actually you should be able to configure any kind of authentication mechanism and display it with a pretty logo on the login page if you’d like.

Some links I’ve found useful when writing up this post:
OpenAM 12 – Social Authentication
LinkedIn OAuth2 docs

ForgeRock OpenAM and Social Authentication (Facebook) using OAuth2

This blog post was first published @, included here with permission.

The video demonstration embedded below this write-up is dangerously similar to the video here , published more than three months ago. I’ve had challenges making this one though, which is when my colleagues Jon Knight and Albert Ayoub stepped forward to lend a helping hand. So if you ready, let’s see how ForgeRock OpenAM lets a user authenticate against his/her Facebook account to gain access to OpenAM (read applications protected by OpenAM).


There is a very useful article around this right here.