SmeeView, a SAML metadata parser for Smee

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SmeeView is a new SAML metadata (XML) parsing extension to Smee. SmeeView provides easy to use functions for extracting lists of information from SAML metadata as Elixir structs.

Smee provides access to entity metadata XML as both strings and parsed xmerl records but leaves the user to find and extract the information they need. SmeeView aims to fill this gap by providing tools for working with the most commonly used information in SAML metadata.

SmeeView was extracted from the “Digestor” component of an app we’ve been using for a few years, and is going to be used, eventually, in a rebuilt version of that app. It doesn’t have the database features of Digestor but it isn’t hard to use it alongside Ecto.

SmeeView is loosely based on the concept of functional data access “lenses”.


You can run all of these examples in LiveBook if you have it installed.

Run in Livebook

First let’s get one entity via MDQ

We’ll reuse this entity data a few times later

entity = Smee.MDQ.source("")
         |> Smee.MDQ.lookup!("")

Extracting all data for an entity

The top-level view_one/2 function will return one entity “aspect” struct. You can see how the data in a SmeeView.Aspects.Entity struct is very different to the Smee.Entity struct - it has much more detail in an easier format.


Viewing all logos in an entire federation

You can view all logos as a list…

|> Smee.fetch!()
|> SmeeView.Logos.view()

… but it might be more useful to have a list of all logos for each entity:

|> Smee.fetch!()
|> SmeeView.Logos.prism()

Selecting the most appropriate service displayname

Entity metadata often contains information in various languages so that UIs can be localised.

|> SmeeView.Displaynames.view()
|> SmeeView.Displaynames.pick("en")
|> SmeeView.Aspects.Displayname.text()

Find all the tiny square logos for IdPs in PNG format in German

(It’s a very contrived example)

|> Smee.fetch!()
|> SmeeView.Logos.view(:idp)
|> Enum.filter(
     fn logo ->
       SmeeView.Aspects.Logo.size(logo) == :tiny &&
         SmeeView.Aspects.Logo.shape(logo) == :square &&
         SmeeView.Aspects.Logo.format(logo) == :png &&
         SmeeView.Aspects.Logo.lang(logo) == "de"

There might not actually be any of course.

Extract the assurance certifications of each entity in a federation

This demonstrates the usefulness of prism views. A map of entityID => assurance certifications is returned.

certifications = Smee.source("")
                 |> Smee.fetch!()
                 |> SmeeView.EntityAttributes.prism()
                 |> SmeeView.EntityAttributes.assurance_certifications()


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