geoB geoB - 2 months ago 23
PHP Question

Symfony2: Edit user without having password

In my application, only the admin user can create and, theoretically, edit users. So far, using only the Symfony security system (no FOSUserBundle management - its complexity is not required), creating users with varying roles is just fine. The challenge that totally escapes me is how to edit a user without knowing the user's password. I keep running into the expected validation error


Password cannot be empty


. How can editing be accomplished? I'm surely missing something very fundamental here.

Edit action:



public function editAction($id) {
$em = $this->getDoctrine()->getManager();
$user = $em->getRepository('ManaClientBundle:User')->find($id);
$form = $this->createForm(new UserType(), $user);
return array(
'form' => $form->createView(),
'user' => $user,
'title' => 'Edit user',
);
}


Update action:



public function updateAction(Request $request, $id) {
$em = $this->getDoctrine()->getManager();
$user = $em->getRepository('ManaClientBundle:User')->find($id);
$originalPassword = $user->getPassword();
$form = $this->createForm(new UserType(), $user);
$form->bind($request);
if ($form->isValid()) {
$plainPassword = $form->get('password')->getData();
if (!empty($plainPassword)) {
//encode the password
$encoder = $this->container->get('security.encoder_factory')->getEncoder($entity); //get encoder for hashing pwd later
$tempPassword = $encoder->encodePassword($entity->getPassword(), $entity->getSalt());
$user->setPassword($tempPassword);
}
else {
$user->setPassword($originalPassword);
}
$em->persist($user);
$em->flush();
return $this->redirect($this->generateUrl('user_main', array()));
}


User form:



public function buildForm(FormBuilderInterface $builder, array $options) {
$builder
->add('enabled', 'choice', array(
'choices' => array('Yes' => 'Yes', 'No' => 'No'),
'expanded' => true,
'multiple' => false,
'label' => 'Enabled: ',
))
->add('fname')
->add('sname')
->add('email')
->add('username')
->add('password', 'repeated', array(
'type' => 'password',
'invalid_message' => 'Password fields do not match',
'first_options' => array('label' => 'Password'),
'second_options' => array('label' => 'Repeat Password'),
))
->add('role', 'choice', array(
'choices' => array('ROLE_USER' => 'User', 'ROLE_ADMIN' => 'Admin'),
'expanded' => true,
'multiple' => false,
'label' => 'Group: ',
))
;
}

Answer

Until I see a more elegant solution, here's what I came up with:

  1. Create a UserEditType form class with all fields but the password field(s)
  2. Assign UserEditType to a validation group other than Default
  3. Configure the password length constraint to the validation group in 2.
  4. Modify the edit and update actions to use UserEditType

And now users can be edited without having the password!

UserEditType:

class UserEditType extends AbstractType {
    public function buildForm(FormBuilderInterface $builder, array $options) {
        $builder
                ->add('enabled', 'choice', array(
                    'choices' => array('Yes' => 'Yes', 'No' => 'No'),
                    'expanded' => true,
                    'multiple' => false,
                    'label' => 'Enabled: ',
                ))
                ->add('fname')
                ->add('sname')
                ->add('email')
                ->add('username')
                ->add('role', 'choice', array(
                    'choices' => array('ROLE_USER' => 'User', 'ROLE_ADMIN' => 'Admin'),
                    'expanded' => true,
                    'multiple' => false,
                    'label' => 'Group: ',
                ))
        ;
    }

    public function setDefaultOptions(OptionsResolverInterface $resolver) {
        $resolver->setDefaults(array(
            'data_class' => 'Mana\ClientBundle\Entity\User',
            'validation_groups' => array('edit'),
        ));
    }

Password in User entity:

 * @ORM\Column(name="userpass", type="string", length=100, nullable=false)
 * @Assert\NotBlank(message="Password may not be empty")
 * @Assert\Length(
 *      min = "5",
 *      max = "12",
 *      minMessage = "Password must be at least 5 characters long",
 *      maxMessage = "Password cannot be longer than than 12 characters",
 *      groups = {"Default"}
 * )

Update action:

public function updateAction(Request $request, $id) {
    $em = $this->getDoctrine()->getManager();
    $user = $em->getRepository('ManaClientBundle:User')->find($id);

    $form = $this->createForm(new UserEditType(), $user);
    $form->bind($request);
    if ($form->isValid()) {
        $em->persist($user);
        $em->flush();
        return $this->redirect($this->generateUrl('user_main', array()));
    }
    return array(
        'form' => $form->createView(),
        'user' => $user,
        'title' => 'Edit user',
    );
}